Strategies for Narrowing a Topic to a Focused Research Question
Usually researchers start out with a broad topic before narrowing it down and turning it into a question. These strategies can help with that process.
Do some background research.
This research is to help you create a good research question. You can use databases, such as the ones listed above, or do some simple Google searches to learn the terminology and understand the big picture
Create a visual map your topic that shows different aspects of the topic. Video on Concept Mapping for a Research Paper.
Think about questions related to your topic. For example, when researching the local food culture, you might consider:
The Five W's: Who, What, When, Where, and Why
These kinds of questions can help you brainstorm ways to narrow your question and develop a more specific focus for your research.