Selecting a research question often begins by determining what topics or subjects interest you! You're much more likely to "stick with" a research project if it's something you care about and have a strong interest in. But even this first step requires that you do some exploratory research. After checking on the requirements for your research assignment to determine what topics are appropriate, start exploring possibilities! Watch the following video to get started on this process.
(video adapted from NCSU Libraries)
Once you've learned more about a topic area you'd like to research, it's important to start brainstorming potential research questions. This is arguably one of the most challenging but rewarding parts of the research process. Research questions are an expression of your curiosity! They articulate not only what you are interested in, but why it matters to you and why it should matter to others. Developing a research question takes time, but it is also the beginning of meaningful research.
The Developing a Research Question lesson can help you get started on your journey. You may use the following worksheets as you complete the lesson: