Research can be difficult, even if you do everything right. This page is about the first two steps in the research process.
1. Make it something you care about
Do you already have a topic in mind? Think about why that topic interests you. If you can't think of anything about it that interests you, consider changing your topic. Caring makes everything easier.
If you don't already have a topic in mind, think about what you're just generally interested in. For example Susan cares about 4 things on a regular basis:
2. Consider the parameters of the assignment
3. Still don't have a good topic?
Look at recent news stories and blog posts on your topic. What makes you excited, curious, or mad? Use that as the basis for your topic.
Here is a brainstorming worksheet to help you with choosing a topic: