Begin your research...
Big 6 Research - Step #1
Define what the research will be and draw up questions that you need to answer.
Consider the following when choosing a topic for research.
You can use the "Topic Triangle" below
1. Am I interested in the topic?
Select a topic that you want to know more about. You will spend a lot of time with the topic, so choose one you will enjoy researching. A pleasurable topic will be reflected in the quality of your product and your grade.
2. Do I need to narrow my topic?
You can’t possibly research everything written about most topics. Concentrate on one main idea. Narrow your topic by thinking big to small.
For example, the broad topic of “Oceans” could be narrowed to “Ocean Life” to “Animal Ocean Life” to “Ocean Mammal Life” to “Dolphins” to “Bottle-Nose Dolphins”.
3. Do I need to broaden my topic?
If you have difficulty finding information on your topic, you may need to think on a larger scale. What other broad subjects would include your topic?
For example, your search for “Hurricane Alicia” resulted in little information. By expanding your topic to “Texas Hurricanes” to “Gulf Coast Hurricanes” to “North American Hurricanes”, you will increase your amount of information.
4. What is the purpose of my research?
Keep in mind what exactly you are assigned to do. Is the purpose to inform, to explain, to defend, or to entertain?
5. Do I have any questions about my topic?
Before you begin, write down a list of questions you want to answer. This will help guide you in your research.