Selecting a topic is the first step in the research process, and it’s not always an easy task. You may feel overwhelmed and uncertain at the beginning. Here are some suggestions to help you choose an appropriate topic.
Once you have selected a topic, try to gain an overview of the scope, background, theories, important figures, significant events, and issues surrounding it. Books, articles, and authoritative web resources are always helpful.
You may find consulting two online resources helpful as you search for background information on your topic: Credo Reference and Research Starters - Education. Both are available here.
Credo Reference provides online access to the full content of reference books in many subject areas. Consult Credo Reference to find information in encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources. In addition to general resources, Credo Reference includes many subject-specific encyclopedias and dictionaries that could be especially helpful as you explore your topic.
Research Starters - Education is a good source of background information for many education subjects. It provides comprehensive summary articles about topics in the field of education.
Remember to be flexible about your topic. As you explore a subject and the available research, you may decide to revise your original topic by narrowing or expanding the scope of your research. Or, you might decide to change your topic entirely. Starting your research early will give you the greatest flexibility.