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The Research Question: Recommended Titles
For additional help formulating your research question, explore these Library titles.
Choosing a Topic
Your chosen topic will provide the broad base for constructing your research question.
Your lecturer may assign a topic for you. However, if you are to identify your own topic:
- Undertake background reading from a variety of sources (books, journals, multimedia sources etc)
- Strike a balance between broad and narrow topics: too broad can make the review unmanageable; too narrow will limit the amount of literature available
- Aim for a topic that has an existing body of research publications
Formulating the Research Question
Use your background reading of the topic to generate ideas for your research question. Think about:
- Specific areas of the topic that interest you
- Gaps in the research that were emphasised in your reading
- The literature that is available on your topic
Most importantly, discuss your research question with your lecturer.