Where to Find Ideas
Why should I start with background information?
Encyclopedias and dictionaries can be good places to gain a basic understanding of your topic. The encyclopedias and dictionaries in music give information on composers, musical works, instruments, genres of music, and musical terms, and are available in both electronic and print formats.
Narrowing a topic requires you to be more specific about your research interest and can help you to develop a thesis.
Questions to Narrow Your Topic
What is a Thesis Statement?
A thesis is typically a one sentence statement in the first paragraph, or beginning, of your project that states your purpose. Thesis statements should be arguable, specific, detailed, and meaningful.
This tutorial explains how to use Wikipedia as an exploratory tool and where it can appropriately fit in the research process. Created by Michael Baird, Cooperative Library Instruction Project (CLIP)
This handout illustrates how a research question develops from a broad topic to a focused question.