How to Select a Research Topic


“How to Select a Research Topic” is a common question that keeps haunting the minds of researchers. An inquisitive mind is sure to probe into each and everything around him but scouring a topic on which you really and genuinely want to embark on your research is not a mean task. Amidst a wide range of things that interest you singling out your exact topic of research is really a tough task.

An instructor may assign you a specific topic but he cannot exactly decide on the topics that actually woo you and where you can give your best shot which is why most of the instructors want you to select your topic of interest. When deciding on a topic, there are a few things that you will need to do:

  • Brainstorm for ideas
  • Be flexible
  • Make sure that material is available and the topic is manageable.
  • Define your topic as a focused research question
  • Pick up a topic that will help you to read and understand the literature
  • Formulate a thesis statement
  • Prepare a list of keywords
  • Research and read more about your topic

Many researchers play down the significance of selecting a good topic so all their good efforts often result in a research paper which is rejected. Finding out new things and augment your creativity to a level where you come up with a wonderful discovery or invention require not only to put in an endless number of hours in your research but also unbridled enthusiasm to discover something new is important.

When you find out a topic of your interest you will always find all the pertinent information related to the topic at an arm’s length. Put differently, everything depends on how interesting topic you have picked up for your research. On the contrary, if somehow you are saddled with an uninteresting topic, your research is sure to fall through.

But keeping the points discussed in the article in your mind, you shut all the doors to get involved in unfruitful pursuits and research. These guidelines will help you sail through all the difficulties that a researcher face and get so discouraged sometimes that he abort his research in the middle.

Certainly when you are clear in your mind “How to Select a Research Topic”, it’s almost become impossible not to come up with fruitful results.

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