Selecting A Topic For A Human Development Research Paper

Human development is a huge, broad topic with literally millions of possible research topics. Selecting a topic can be daunting with such a broad category. Here are some ideas for finding a topic for your research paper.

  • - Brainstorm – With a topic this broad, you should figure out some way to narrow down your subject to begin to find a topic. Set a timer for 60 seconds and during that time write down as many things as you can think of on the subject matter. You should have at least 10 ideas written down by the end of the 60 seconds.
  • - Research – Now that you have 10 ideas, start researching each of them and eliminate the ones that don’t have much information. Narrow your search down to 5 topics that have plenty of research so you will be able to have tons of information to draw from when you write your research paper. Interesting and most relevant to others – Now that you have 5 topics left, look at the list and decide what may be interesting to others or most relevant to your course. Narrow your choices down to 2 or 3 topic choices.
  • - Most interesting to you – Now that you have 2 or 3 topics, find the one that is most interesting to you. You will write a better research paper if you are writing about something that is important or interesting to you. If you are writing about something you are passionate about, you will stay focused and write a much more interesting paper.

This process seems long and drawn out but if you follow this process you will be much farther ahead than if you just choose one out of the blue. Nothing is more frustrating than beginning a research paper and realizing that you can’t find enough information and you have to change your topic. You will probably have wasted days on the wrong topic and have to start all over again.

If you want to create a really interesting paper, you will want to write it on something that hasn’t been exhausted. People want to learn something new when they read your paper. Maybe you can put a different twist on a topic that no one has thought about. This is how discoveries are made and hopefully you can find a topic that is interesting to you that you can possibly shed some new light on that will spark interest from other people.