B. Generate a specific research question
Research, in many ways, is like an upside down pyramid, it starts general and becomes more specific as you go along. Once you have your research topic and an initial understanding of the literature base, you need to generate a specific research question. Good research questions are formed and iterated, not simply found. You start with what interests you, and you refine it until it is workable. This is usually done in conjunction with your supervisor. Find below some tips for generating your research topic.
Begin by narrowing down the research topic. You can do this by asking open-ended "how" and "why" questions.
While a good research question allows the researcher to take an arguable position, it does not leave room for ambiguity.
The research question should be a clear, focused question that summarises the issue that the researcher will investigate.
The question you ask must be within your ability to tackle, that is, feasible.
The complexity of a research question can frequently hide unclear thoughts and lead to a confused research process. Ensure your question is easy to understand and has a clear focus.
Having one key question with several sub-components may be more suitable in guiding your research.