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Research : Chosing a Topic

Here we come at the very first stage of doing the research and that is "Choosing a topic".

A research topic isn’t supposed to be something that seems fascinating at first place. A topic should be interesting and focused enough. You must have an idea of how your final project may look like. Make sure the topic is interesting enough for you to push your hard work and ideas into it.

Here are some points that might help you to choose a topic.

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Brainstorming:

At first stage, it’s not necessary that everyone is clear about their research topic. If you are not, don’t worry you are not the only one. To choose a topic ask yourself some questions.
Think of some system which is existing and fall in your skill-sets and area of interests. Now ask yourself few questions.

  • Does this system run perfectly?
  • Is there any optimization needed in the current system?
  • Is there any system that can replace the existing system in more efficient way?
  • How can we reduce cost/improve performance with no loss?
  • What are the new research areas you want to explore?
To help with these questions you may take help of books, online research, newspapers etc. Make vast usage of online blogs, case studies, research materials, open access journals,
Write down the topics you get throughout the whole research. You can choose anything as a topic such as transportation, food delivery, 3d printing, boiler maintenance, manufacturing process improvements and the list goes on to infinity.


Topic feasibility:
Once you are done with the listing of your topics, next stage is to decide feasibility of the chosen topic. Do broad research on the topics. Think of how far you can go those topics. Make maximum utilization of internet. Search engines like bing and google can be great help. Read magazines, journals, online journals, articles, newspapers for discovering related topics, previous research work that has been done on your topics.
After these processes, you might be more clear about your topics and end up fewer topics.

Narrow Down the Topic:
Once the topics have been decided, you need to narrow down to one particular topic. The topics you have chosen might be too broad like environment, internet of things etc. But you need to narrow it down. You can't judge the whole topic but some part of it can be.
Consider if it is internet of things then you can come upon some ground level topic like automatic door opening system.
Remember, The topic might be too difficult if it is commonly discussed(like population inversion), recent which has not much content available, enough researched. Consider advice of your guide.

Be ready for alterations:
Find out keywords that best describe your topics.
Modification is common during the research process. You can never be sure of what topic you may end up finding. You may find too much and need to narrow your focus, or too little and need to broaden your focus. This is normal thing happening during the research process. When researching, you may not want to change your research topic, but you would decide that some other aspect of the topic is more interesting or manageable.

Creation of thesis:
Knowledge is the key asset for research and that would come only through reading. Make maximum use of available assets to get to know everything about your topics.
Your topic would eventually end up being your thesis statement. A thesis statement would simply be an answer to the questions you asked yourself in the first part.
You are all set to create the title of your manuscript and that might not be same as your thesis statement. It can be some short yet meaningful like the technology you invented, or system in which you found an improvement.


During this whole article, we have repeated one thing and it also holds major importance on research and that is reading. In fact, it would be furnishing your subject more and more by time.

We hope that helped you to get more clear. If you have any queries for this article, you can mail us at grdjournals@gmail.com. For accessing research papers which are previously written, you can access our archives at http://www.grdjournals.com/past-issues

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