Skip to main content
Module 1
Asking Good Questions
Module 2
Finding Information
Module 3
Selecting the Best
Module 4
Putting it Together
Module 5
Your Project
Module 6
Making the Grade

How do I develop a research topic?

Asking good questions is where research projects begin. If you are creating a term paper, video, or presentation, it all begins with the question. We seek answers every day. Which college is best for me? Which car is most economical to drive? How can I find a job?

To become an effective, creative researcher and problem solver, the first step is to begin with good, solid questions that focus on your research topic or solution to a problem. 

By the end of the module your students will be able to say:

  • I can ask appropriate questions that help me focus a research topic or solve a problem. 
  • I can use questions to narrow or broaden my topic.
  • I can ask questions that open several avenues for me to explore. 

Review the tutorial, Decipher Your Research Assignment. While it seems like the simplest thing to do, figuring out the details of what you need to do will mean the difference between success or failure in a research project or in solving a problem. 


Learn ways you can begin research and writing by asking questions about your project or problem in the video, Developing a Research Question.


Watch the video, Picking Your Topic is Research! and learn ways to narrow your topic.


Read and review these infographics on developing a research question from Indiana University.