Developing a Search Strategy

Pose your Topic in the Form of a Research Question


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Whether you are selecting from a suggested list of topics or developing your own topic, write on a topic that interests you. This will help you write a more interesting, convincingly argued paper. Before researching a topic you have developed on your own be sure to discuss it with your tutor.

To focus your topic, state it as a question.

For example, rather than trying to research the much too broad topic women and body image, try asking a question about the topic that interests you:

How can a healthy body image be promoted to adolescent girls?

Is the topic researchable and manageable?

  • If it is too narrow you may not be able to find enough information.
  • If it is too broad you may not be able to deal effectively with it in your paper.

Think about your topic--how can you state it as a question? You will likely find that there are a number of questions you can ask about the topic.

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