Writing a thesis could be a hard nut to crack for a beginner on so many levels. Right when your tutors ask you to select a topic for your thesis, you become overwhelmed because unlike any assignment or essay topic, your thesis topic has to be an academically researchable one.
Now, a lot of students don’t even know the difference between a regular topic and a researchable one. Besides this issue, there are many more that can confuse a student. This is why in this article we will reveal to you how to choose the best topic for your thesis.
1- Select a Researchable Topic
By researchable, we simply mean that a topic which already has enough literary evidence that if a student wants to investigate the problem, he/she may know the knowledge pool already built on it.
If, in some case, there is nothing on your suggested topic and there seems to be very little information worldwide as well, then know that this isn’t the right topic for you. Instead, look for a topic that can easily be researched on but trust us, you don’t want to make your life more difficult than it already is by selecting the wrong topic. You could also check the essay database from an academic website too.
2- Switch keywords to widen the research
If you are interested in one area and you’re unable to find something substantive in it, what you could do here is change the keywords and hit it again.
For instance, if you’re interested in female leadership in academia then apart from these words, you can replace them with something along the lines of “women leaders in universities” or “leadership and women in educational institutions”. This way, the database will give you all the papers having these keywords. As a result, now you have a variety of papers to consult your relevant literature from.
3- Consult multiple databases
The most popular research databases throughout the globe are Google Scholar and ERIC where the students dig deep to get their wanted papers and books from. However, a lot of times two resources can fall short if your area of interest isn’t very much researched. So here we recommend you to consult a few more databases to extract as many academic resources as you can because the more you have them, the better your research is going to be.
4- An appropriate research design
Now what’s next is the research design you craft for your thesis. This is directly relevant to your topic because if your topic isn’t right, chances are your design section will suck and you will not even be able to gather the right participants and data.
So we highly recommend you to be on the right path from the start. Or else, every new section will be a great disaster and all your efforts will go down the drain for making the wrong decisions from the beginning. We truly hope this blog helps you avoid those pitfalls.