When choosing a topic keep a few things in mind:
If your assignment is asking you to focus on modern literature you don't want to write about the Ottoman Empire!
Doing background research is an important part of the research process. You want to know more generalized information about your topic to help you narrow it down. Background research is supposed to make the rest of your research process easier!
Some things to look for:
Places to look for background research:
WIkipedia (not citable but good for basic info)
Your research question should guide your research project and let the audience know what you are trying to find out. It should give your paper or project focus and direction.
How to write your research question:
Some example questions:
What effect did TikToc have on social media platforms?
Too Broad. Which social media platforms, what aspects of TikToc,
What effect did TikTok's 3 minute limitation of content have on YouTube's content policy for established creators?
This is more specific. Focuses on one aspect of TikTok, focuses on one type of platform and one aspect of what could have been effected.
Why are gas prices so high?
Not focused. There are too many possible answers and no focal point to the question
How has the ban on importing oil from Russia due to the invasion of the Ukraine effected the inflation rates of gas for the consumers in the US?
This is more narrow. Gives a singular event to research and a singular reaction to that event.
Does McDonalds or Burger King sell more burgers?
Too simple. It can be answered with a simple google search and one answer
How do the marketing strategies of McDonalds and Burger King in the South Eastern United States drive the number of consumers seen in a year over?
Much more complex. Requires primary and secondary sources.
Evaluate your research question using F.I.N.E.R