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Research Process: A Step-By-Step Guide: Step 1: Develop a Topic

A guide to help you through the steps of the research process. This guide is modeled after a guide created by the librarians at Johnson & Wales University.

Developing Your Research Topic

To begin your research it is essential that you define your information need. To do this you need to know what your research topic is about, what type of information you need to answer your research question, and how much information you will need to complete your research assignment.

Selecting your topic, concept mapping, and mind mapping are all important aspects of conducting your research. The resources and tutorials on the ""Develop a Topic" pages will help you define your research topic and gather basic information about the topic.

Developing a Topic

Developing a good research question can sometimes be the most difficult part of the research process. If you are struggling, follow the links below.

Picking your Topic is Research