What you will learn:
Now that you have a topic, the next step is creating a research question. The research question is what your paper will attempt to answer. Phrasing this as a question instead of just a topic helps give your paper focus.
For example, if your topic is performance-enhancing drugs in sports, your question could be: How have performance-enhancing drugs affected professional sports?
Once you have a few potential topics in mind, getting background information is key. Using an encyclopedia can be a good way to learn more about your topic.
Try searching for your topic in the Gale Virtual Reference Library (link will open in new window).