You get to embark on research! We get to help you get there!
Developing Your Research Topic
Refining a Topic Duke University
With those ideas about your topic in mind you are ready to start researching. It is best to start your research as soon as possible. At the very latest it should be started two or more weeks before the due date. Trust us on this! Starting early will give you time to search on your own, Ask A Librarian for guidance, and go back to your instructor if you need to refine your topic.
Most of the time, we hear great topics from students. Sometimes these topics are so unique that data has not yet been compiled and published about them. So if you are searching and searching and can’t find the data you need, its possible that data doesn’t exist yet. Be sure to Ask A Librarian for help, a librarian can suggest other resources or similar topics by tweaking your topic to address data that does exist.
Two simple questions can help get you started:
1. What do I know about my topic?
2. What do I want to know about my topic?
List out the answers to those questions using single words or simple phrases. These will become your keywords.
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