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A guide to research for students.
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Step 2

Selecting a Topic

The task now is to identify and select the general topic to be investigated with the approach to be pursued.

In this stage of starting the research process, the student will select topics to research. The student will spend some time brainstorming. There may be a feeling of being unsure if the chosen topic fits the need.  While brainstorming, the student should predict the outcome of choices.  Does the topic have the potential for success?

Stage 2 -- Topic Selection
Task Thoughts Feelings Actions Strategies
To decide on topic for

Weighing topics against criteria of personal interest, project requirements, information available, and time allotted

Predicting outcome of possible choices

Choosing topic with potential for success


Sometimes Anxiety

Brief elation after selection

Anticipation of prospective task

Consulting with informal mediators

Making preliminary search of library

Using reference collection

Discussing possible topics

Predicting outcome of choices

Using general sources for overview of possible topics



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