Topic Selection is a key step. Loosely speaking, a topic is: "a general subject area" such as "global warming" or "teenage pregnancy." Choosing a research topic is a process. You want to think about your topic and do sample searches to get started. Sample searching will help you to discover what other researchers are saying about your topic.
A topic should:
1. Interest you. You are going to spend a lot of time investigating and learning more about it.
2. Be complex and multidimensional.
3.. Generate one ore more relevant research questions.
4. Have previously generated some research by other scholars.
5. Be broad enough to allow you to find research materials, but narrow enough for you to tackle taking into account your project length and time frame (scope).
Stebbins, L. (2006). Student guide to research in the digital age : How to locate and evaluate information sources. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited.
Write down anything about your topic that you find interesting, or would like to know more about
What is a "strong topic"?
If a topic is strong, you will be able find supporting material on it that will be useful to your research
Refine your topic
Wang, Gabe T., and Keumjae Park. Student Research and Report Writing : From Topic Selection to the Complete Paper, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2015. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/mgc/detail.action?docID=4205820.
You will want to determine the "scope" of your project. But, what is "scope?"
Scope in this case is: the area covered by an activity, topic, etc; the range: e.g. the scope of his thesis was vast.
Some questions that will help you to determine "scope"
Scope. (2014). In Collins Dictionaries (Ed.), Collins English Dictionary (12th ed.). London, UK: Collins. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.mga.edu/login?url=https://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/hcengdict/scope/0?institutionId=3733