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|Brainstorming Your Research Topic
Use this worksheet to develop your research topic. It will guide you through the steps needed to brainstorm and refine your ideas.
Creating Your Research Question
Use this table to narrow your research topic. Most topics should be refined from a broad idea into a more focused topic.
Use the chart below to narrow your topic into a research question.
Forming Your Search Strategy
Next, separate your research question into individual concepts. Topics that use difference words to say the same thing should be grouped together. Create a separate category for concepts that have a different meaning. Use the chart below as an example. This example is for research question #2, "Should the United States more stringently enforce immigration laws?"
Use the following blank chart with your research question: