What are you interested in and curious about? Is there a question you would like answered?
Choosing a topic, you are interested in will help you remain engaged in your research.
Avoid choosing a topic because you think it will be "easy" because that can backfire.
Here are some library databases that provide overviews of topics that can help you generate research ideas:
If your topic is too broad, you will be overwhelmed with too much information, and much of it will be irrelevant to your research.
Examples of topics that are too broad include:
To narrow your topic, make your search results more manageable and applicable.
Try making your topic more specific:
You can also narrow a topic by:
If you are not finding many or any resources, it may be that your topic is too narrow.
Examples of topics that may be too narrow include:
Also, it could be there is no answer to your question - the research just hasn't been conducted on that aspect of your topic. Congratulations! You may have identified a gap in the literature.
With some work, you should be able to identify a topic that is neither too broad or too narrow that you find interesting.
Keep in mind that you may have to come back to this step after doing some research on your topic in order to narrow or broaden your topic.
The final step is to take your topic and create a research question.
A topic can be too broad, but a question usually has an answer.
Here are some resources to help you create a research question: