For any research, its effectiveness depends on how well the research topic is addressed in it. It is sometimes difficult for a researcher to specify what they aim to do. Even if they know, it is highly important that their topic is easily conveyable and understandable by the audience they aim to address. A good research is directly depended on its topic. A good research proposal attracts their target audience and shows the capability of a researcher as well. This article sheds light on how to decide which topic to work on and their importance.
- Clear Your mind, Search the internet
To start any research topic, it is necessary for the researcher to clear their mind. When ever a researcher makes a mind to carry out a research, most of the time their thinking is biased. This can highly affect their research direction. Clearing mind helps the researcher to find a neutral ground before starting a research.
One may search internet to read different topics of their field. This will help them to open their mind to other options for research. Exercising or doing what one loves greatly helps in clearing the mind.
Now after clearing mind, it is time to write down the topic. A researcher must form an initial draft about what they aim to do and the topic they wish to address. The researcher must select few keywords which can fully describe the thought and target of a researcher. For example, if one wishes to work on a topic “Disaster impacts on buildings”, the keywords will be Disaster, impacts and buildings.
- Search engine
Knowing keywords, it is now necessary to carry out a literature review. Literature Review is a summary about background of the topic. To carry out literature review, the researcher has to use search engine, type their keywords and find related searches for their target topic. Example of search engine is elsevier, web of science and Google scholars.
- Research gap, Goals and Targets
Searching on internet and reading various article and journals based on those keywords may help researcher to narrow down the topic and to find a research gap. A good researcher always tries to answer a question that hasn’t been answered before. A researcher can add their own creativity in it. Reading other articles will give an idea what should be the goal of the topic.
- Comfort Zone and Challenge
A search gap will show what possible work can be done in that respective area. A good researcher knows their strength and weaknesses. For selecting a research proposal, researcher must work in their comfort field. A research gap may act as a challenge but the research must face this challenge with their knowledge and capabilities.
- Plans and Resources
While narrowing down a topic, it is necessary to have two or three options. These options may act as plan A, B and C. There are many factors that may affect a selected topic in future such as availability of resources. Preference should be given to one topic but there should always be a backup plan
Writing a research is not an easy task.
It may seem hard to select a research topic at first. Writing a research is not an easy task. It requires time, patience and efforts. Most of the times, the researcher may have to go through internet search repeatedly. With modern studies and research, one may find difficulty searching for a research gap. This may require to even repeat above steps repeatedly. But once a researcher can specify a topic, it becomes clear what is the aim of research.