Some common ways to limit a topic are: It is common to modify your topic during the research process. You may find too much and need to narrow your focus, or too little and need to broaden your focus. When researching, you may not wish to change your topic, but you may decide that some other aspect of the topic is more interesting or manageable.Keep in mind the assigned length of the research paper, project, bibliography or other research assignment.
When deciding on a topic, there are a few things that you will need to do: Be aware that selecting a good topic may not be easy.
It must be narrow and focused enough to be interesting, yet broad enough to find adequate information.
This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.
Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.
Overall, a good research proposal takes time to write and must identify what the proposed research will address and why the proposed research is so important. The length of the proposal depends on the length of the paper.
Here is a brief explanation of the sections needed to complete a standard research proposal as well as the writing timeline you should strive to follow. A two page paper might just require a paragraph or two for a proposal.
Find more information to help you answer your research question.
You will need to do some research and reading before you select your final topic.
For example, the Encyclopedia Britannica Online (or the printed version of this encyclopedia, in Thompson Library's Reference Collection on Reference Table 1) may not have an article on Social and Political Implications of Jackie Robinsons Breaking of the Color Barrier in Major League Baseball but there will be articles on baseball history and on Jackie Robinson.
Browse the Encyclopedia Americana for information on your topic ideas.