Answered By: Reference/Instruction Librarians Last Updated: Jul 15, 2016 Views: 16
At the beginning of your research process, you most likely have a topic but not yet a research question. Until you know something about the subject, you simply cannot know which questions are still controversial. Background research can help lead you to basic information about your topic.
- You will learn what about your topic is well-known and established; you should avoid creating a research question in those areas. There isn't much point in exploring something that is already known.
- As you do your pre-research, note what questions people have about the topic. Make your research question is focused: "Do twins have a psychic connection?" may work better than the more broad "Does ESP exist?"
Need help brainstorming? Our database Opposing Viewpoints has a long list of possible topics under "Browse Issues" to help you get started.