The best research is driven by curiosity, because curiosity makes you ask questions. So a good approach to finding a research topic is to locate your own curiosity among the possible topic ideas, whether assigned by your instructor, or imagined by you.
If you are stumped and can think of nothing to research, try one of these strategies:
How can you know if a question you come up with is a good research question? Here are some questions to ask yourself about your question! :)
What if you have a good question but it's too big for the size of your research paper assignment? These are some quick ways you can narrow down your question to something more appropriate:
Sometimes it's difficult getting to a question when all you have is a topic idea. Here are some great tips on question-making: