Asking a Question
You should formulate your topic as a question before you get very far into your research.
Organize your questions -
Organize your paper -
Once you have chosen a topic that is neither too narrow nor too broad, bombard your topic with questions. It is often useful to organize your questions into categories:
Categories for the topic "Censorship on the Internet"
• Identify its parts and wholes:
How is censorship of the Internet associated with recent social trends?
• Trace its history and changes:
How is censoring of the Internet similar to the earlier censorship of books?
• Identify its categories and characeristics:
What types of information are of most concern to proponents of Internet censorship? Why?
• Determine its value:
What are the implications of thorough Internet censorship?
In The Craft of Research, (Booth, Wayne, Colomb, Gregory and Joseph Williams. University of Chicago Press, 1995, p.39-41) the authors suggest a process for turning a topic into a question. It is described on the right.