This video, by Sheridan College, asks the question what makes a good topic for a paper? It recommends using the idea of what makes a good question instead of what makes a good topic. It outlines the steps involved in creating a good research question including narrowing the questions to something manageable, open-ended and provides sufficient evidence.
Websites About Research Topics
These websites provide great information and tips on how to think about and create a research topic or question. They also provide guidance on how to write a thesis statement.
This writing centre from George Mason University outlines how to write a research question. They suggest it should be clear, focused, concise, complex and arguable. The question asked should also be developed to suit the discipline.
This site provides information on narrowing a topic for a research paper. For example, they suggest choosing an interesting topic, gather background information (Google is a help), ask open-ended questions and ask why does the argument matter.