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Lesson 3: Finding a Topic for my Inquiry The Research Topic Research or inquiry is about seeking answers to important questions – complex  questions that require the synthesis of information from many different sources –  as well as relevant questions Most important criteria should be to ask a question that is of interest to you A good research topic must meet 4 demands: 1. It must examine a narrow issue, not a broad topic 2. It must address a knowledge reader and carry that reader to another level of  knowledge 3. It must have a serious purpose, in that it demands analysis of the issues, argues  from a position and explains complex detail 4. Meet the expectations of the instructor and the course requirements A research topic should have a built-in issue so that the researcher can interpret the issue  and cite opinions outside sources  Not Suitable for a Research Paper: 1. Too autobiographical – draws primarily on your own experience - idea of paper is to use published literature to argue a stand that you have taken 2. Too subjective – where your whole argument is based on personal taste or opinion 3. Too current – today’s headlines - very little literature is published on the topic 4. Too restrictive – usually a mechanical process which can be explained by one  source 5. Too specialized – too technical - this is the case where literature provides valuable information but it is too  technical to understand Developing a Research Topic
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