Where do you find your research question? In the readings and conversation in your class. What sparks your interest? Your curiosity? What questions do you want to know more about?
Who are the people, the organizations, the groups that are part of the discussion around this broad idea/issue? Who are the stakeholders? Whose voices could be part of the conversation?
What is the origin story? the history? What significant events have contributed to the current status of the idea/issue?
What laws, regulations, policies, and/or guidelines impact the issue?
Where and when is this issue focused?
What would you like to see/be changed?
Library databases can help spark your thinking as you choose and narrow your research question.
The Gale databases have two (2) tools that might be useful: Topic Finder and Subject Guide.
In Topic Finder, enter a search term - a topic word or phrase. You will see a graphic - either in tiles or a wheel - showing you how the broad topic breaks down into logical subtopics. Once you click on a tile you will see several articles highlighted, articles that are about the subtopic. You can click on the full article if desired. You can continue your search in that database or move to another database.
In Subject Guide, enter a search term to see a list of subtopics or subdivisions of the broad topic. Browse through the subdivisions for ideas that seem relevant.