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Defining a Topic

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  • Introduction

    This stage will:

    • Help you decide what to study
    • Explain how to choose a good research project
    • Provide an overview of the research practicalities you should consider

    Before you start your research, you need to define your topic and develop a research question or hypothesis. You already know your general area of interest, which is probably linked to your discipline of study. Next, you have to specify a particular area of interest which is appropriate for research and which you will enjoy working on. Before choosing a topic, it might be useful to read some of the basics about why we do research, if you haven’t already.

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  • How Can I Decide What to Study?
  • How Do I Identify a Good Research Topic?
  • What Practical Things Should I Think About Before I Start My Research?
  • Checklist: Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding on a Topic
Next Stage: Reviewing the Literature
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