Developing a Topic
Deciding on a topic is possibly the most difficult part of doing research. If you're not sure how to start, talk with your professor, ask a librarian, or...
1. Think about a topic that will keep your interest.
2. Do some background reading from a textbook or a general source like those listed in the "Background Sources" box below.
3. Narrow your topic to something manageable. You may need to rework it several times as you research.
4. Try "Mind Mapping" or concept mapping your topic after consulting some background sources.
You can also use CredoReference's Concept Mapping tool to find related terms and expand your search.
5. Once you have an idea, write it out as a short sentence or question then pick out search terms.
"How does stress affect memory?" stress memory