You instructor will probably provide specific requirements, if not the table below may provide a rough guide: You will often begin with a word, develop a more focused interest in an aspect of something relating to that word, then begin to have questions about the topic.
Focused Research Question = What design principles used by Frank Lloyd Wright are common in contemporary homes?
Use the key words you have gathered to research in the catalog, article databases, and Internet search engines.
Can you find enough information to answer your research question?
Remember, selecting a topic is an important and complex part of the research process. This may be the answer to your research question and/or a way to clearly state the purpose of your research.
The ability to develop a good research topic is an important skill.
An instructor may assign you a specific topic, but most often instructors require you to select your own topic of interest.
Notice that both online encyclopedias provide links to magazine articles and Web sites. Keep it manageable A topic will be very difficult to research if it is too broad or narrow.
One way to narrow a broad topic such as "the environment" is to limit your topic.
For example, a thesis statement could be: Frank Lloyd Wright's design principles, including his use of ornamental detail and his sense of space and texture opened a new era of American architecture.
His work has influenced contemporary residential design.