Refine your topic:
Start with a broad topic and narrow it down by thinking of some of the issues associated with it.
Ex. Broad topic: Mental illness
Narrowed topics: personality disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety
Research question: Is borderline personality disorder more prevalent in women than in men?
Limit your topic to a specific time period or geographical region.
Ex. Hunger Insecurity in Africa
Suicidal ideation in college students during the COVID-19 pandemic
You can use the database Subject Terms feature (or Thesaurus) to generate subtopics. Ex. "Police Brutality."