Settling on a topic for a research paper can be quite disconcerting if you don’t know where to begin. The process goes from general to specific. First you need to discover what general area in dermatology you are interested in. Next, you need to explore ideas within that general area. As you do this, you can narrow down your subject more and more until finally you have a workable topic.
Here are 10 areas you can consider as you narrow down your subject area to form your topic:
Doing a little research on your general topic is the best way to start narrowing down. Each general idea would have many subtopic ideas related to it. Choose one of them and see what’s available in current knowledge. Since your dissertation must be unique, you would need to explore areas that haven’t been published yet.
As you are exploring these areas, the research will show you a number of things. First of all you will see how much knowledge exists, and secondly you will see where the gaps in knowledge are. Those are the areas you’re looking for. You can even go to former dissertations in the archives and find out what areas they suggest need further research. That’s a great way to come up with an original idea.
Writing a dissertation will likely be a completely new experience for you. You may still be considering where you main interests lie and what area you want to make a contribution in. this paper is a very large and mostly independent project. It’s a lot like writing an entire book. It’s a self-directed process without weekly deadlines given to you from a professor.
There are no class discussions or reading assignments as you would expect in normal school classes. The independence of this process is what becomes intimidating for many students. You have to keep yourself focused and on track.
As you work on your project you should have goals in place to motivate you to finish in a timely manner. As you complete parts of your work you are getting closer to finishing your work according to your schedule. Maybe you can entice yourself to finish sooner if something was waiting for you upon completion. Make it something fun and enjoyable. It helps if it is something you may not usually enjoy. Make things interesting to encourage yourself to finish faster. You can at least consider trying to get your work done a week or so before your deadline.