Once you have chosen a general topic idea, the next step is to refine and focus your topic. This process should help you formulate your research question.
A topic that is too broad or vague can be refined by focusing on some specific aspects of the topic.
View RIT Libraries’ LIV@RIT, Module Two: Choosing Topics: http://library.rit.edu/liv/2
This topic, as stated, is much too broad you could right an entire book on this! The topic can be limited in a number of ways, such as focusing on a specific:
The graphic below illustrates the process of moving from a broad and very general topic to a more focused and refined topic.
What is a Research Question?
A research question is the fundamental core of a research project, study, or review of literature. It focuses the study, determines the methodology, and guides all stages of inquiry, analysis, and reporting.
Once you have defined the topic you would like to research, the next step in the process is formulating your research question. The research question should be focused and specific. A good research question should involve research and not something that can be simply answered by consulting an encyclopedia or a quick Google search. A strong research question will likely contain more than one possible answer or theory.
Referring to the inverted pyramid diagram above, the research question could become: How did Henry Ford and his use of the assembly line influence future auto production?