Draw a circle in the middle of a blank piece of paper. Inside the circle, put your idea for a paper topic.
Brainstorm as many questions as you can about your topic. Try asking questions such as Why? Who? How? When? Where? In what ways?
Look for broad questions that can be further divided into more narrow, specific questions. If you run out of ideas ask a friend or classmate for help -- what questions do they have about your topic?
Continue to narrow your topic by asking questions about culture, geography, demographics, time periods, and historical events.