Picking and Developing a Topic

What’s Your Question?

Once you’ve decided what you want to research, it’s time to think about testing your topic. You’ll want to create a research question that you can use for coming up with keywords and writing a hypothesis or thesis statement. For example, if you are interested in researching climate change laws in North Carolina, you may want to put it in the form of a question. What exactly is it that you want to know about the topic? You may not include the exact text of your question in your paper or project, but it can be helpful for you to use as you are searching for information.

“Climate change laws in North Carolina” becomes “What types of laws are in place to prevent the rate of climate change in North Carolina?”

“Childhood obesity rates” becomes “What are the causes of childhood obesity in the United States?”


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