Developing a research topic can be tricky. Here are some tips to help you get started with developing your topic.
Explore and test out your topic idea - try searching for your topic online and in library databases to see what you find. Are you finding information that you can use for your research project? Is what you are finding interesting to you?
Scope your topic - sometimes a topic can be too broad or too narrow. Refine your topic with these tips
Talk to an expert - connect with faculty, grad students, and librarians at Emory who specialize in the area(s) you are researching. Reach out via email and see if they have the time to chat with you about resources, texts, or authors you should look into while you are researching your topic. While they may not be able to read your research proposal, they may be able to recommend additional reading to help you develop your research topic.
Think outside of Emory - depending on your topic, you can research or connect with organizations outside of Emory that specialize in your topic. For instance, you might find a museum in Atlanta that has an online exhibit up on your topic.
We conduct research for a variety of reasons, and our final research products can take many different forms. From research papers, to presentations, to op-eds, to blog posts, to websites, to digital exhibits, etc. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you work on a research project.
Research assignments often occur in stages, such as beginning with a proposal or an annotated bibliography. For more information on annotated bibliographies, and how they can help you with your research assignment, see this guide from Purdue OWL.
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