Once you have picked a general topic, you are ready to narrow down your topic to a research question that is:
Narrowing your topic to a research question takes a bit of research and thought. Ways to narrow your topic down include zooming in on a particular:
The following examples illustrate how to narrow general topics to create focused research questions.
|General topic||Narrowed topic||Focused topic||Research question|
|Women's health||Women and cancer||Women smokers and breast cancer||What is the impact of cigarette smoking on breast cancer risk in middle-aged women?|
|Video games||Video game violence||Video game violence and aggression in children||How does violence in video games affect aggression in adolescents?|
|Eating disorders||Teenagers and eating disorders||Teen peer pressure and anorexia||What role, if any, does peer pressure play in the development of anorexia among teenage girls?|
|Leadership||Leadership and gender||Gender differences in leadership behavior||What are similarities and differences between male and female leadership behavior in multinational companies?|
How can virtual teams help multi-national companies increase their communication efficiency?
How do socio-cultural factors influence the onset of anorexia in female adolescents?
How can work-related injuries in the Dutch building industry be reduced?
How do social media affect the dissemination of research?