Consider these questions when formulating your research question:
Do you find the research topic interesting?
Is your question open ended?
Can you take a stand on your topic (compare/contrast, problem solve, etc.)?
Is your topic too broad, too narrow, or okay?
Will you be able to find the resources to answer your question?
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Reference materials (the library version of Wikipedia) can be great places to go to find background information when you're just getting started. The library has a large print reference collection, but these two databases also contain a great deal of helpful material.
Features thousands of entries published in Oxford University Press’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias. Individual Oxford titles to which we subscribe may be found on the Databases - By Subject pages.
Features content from reference book formats such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, and books of quotations, plus subject-specific titles in subjects ranging from agriculture to philosophy to technology.
A collection of reference ebooks in the following subject areas: Biography, Business, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Nation and World, Religion, Science, Social Science, World Literature and Its Times.