If you have followed the previous steps you should already have a topic that you find interesting, about which there is controversy, and for which the necessary sources are available to complete the research. You now have to make sure the topic you have chosen is neither too narrow, nor too broad for the requirements of the assignment. Keeping in mind the limitations of your assignment, ask yourself:
- What is the issue I want to consider for my paper?
- Can I cover this issue effectively in the space allotted? – If not, you may need to narrow your topic.
- Do I have enough sources to complete this assignment? – If not, you may need to broaden your topic.
Most people will find that they have a topic that is too general and will have to narrow their topic before beginning their research in earnest.
TIP – For any one paper, you only need and should only have ONE question. More than one question will weaken any argument you make.