Deciding on the right topic for your history research paper takes time. Make sure you have a good understanding of the assignment. Review it carefully. If you're not clear about something or have questions about the assignment, ask your teacher as soon as possible. Next, follow these steps:
If your topic is too broad, try to focus on a specific aspect.
Let's say you would like to write about the Black Death of medieval Europe, but don't know where to begin. Break it down into categories, asking the five W’s:
After you have thought through your topic, try phrasing it into a research question: How did the Black Death change Europe's economy? A concise question will help to you to stay focused during your research and can even lead to a solid thesis statement.
Jot down terms or keywords related to your topic. Use the keywords as you search for information.