VCU Libraries

Research Guides

Develop Research Topics

Ask Cabell Library

Ask Cabell Library's picture
Ask Cabell Library

Ask Us

"Developing" versus "choosing" your topic--the research cycle

Here's an idea of what it looks like to research a topic. Notice how tweaking your topic early in the process, after some "pre-research," keeps you from getting all the way to the end of your assignment before you realize that the topic won't work at all. 

chat loading...

Picking your topic IS research!

Check out this fun video for an example of the research process for a student who wants to write a paper about her favorite TV series.