Start with your broad topic
Brainstorm specific research questions. Try asking questions such as Why? Who? How? When? Where?
Look for broad questions that can be further divided into more narrow, specific questions
And continue to narrow your focus...
Review your topic map. Which questions are you most interested in? Which are the best fit for your assignment? Highlight keywords and phrases you can use to search for information on this topic.
Source: UCLA Library Inquiry Labs