Direction for Research
Sometimes even after narrowing your topic, you still won't be ready to research. Before you begin, college professors might want you to formulate a research question. Many students struggle with this, because they don't understand the difference between a research question and a topic. The major difference is that a topic is an idea and a research question seeks an answer. It directs your research, because you'll spend your time working with sources that will help you answer the question you've posed.