The good news is that I try to make the process somewhat easier by explaining to you how you might get started and avoid certain pitfalls.
I have four pieces of advice to offer that I hope you follow, plus a tidbit that is not mandatory.
Pick it as carefully as you would a new pair of dress shoes. You must examine current literature both specifically and generally.
One way to do this is to contact key researchers to help you identify published and unpublished studies.
To put this in another way, a good dissertation topic should be one that will allow you to produce a professional polished piece of work within a limited amount of time and with a limited amount of cost.
In this regard, it is most helpful to get advice from experienced scholars on how to limit the scope of a project without limiting the significance of the questions addressed." Share Your Thoughts!Conduct periodic key word searches in computerized databases to identify new angles or problems associated with your topic.Keep in mind this is a daunting and interminable task, as new research is always evolving. Terms such as “memory,” “intelligence,” and “educational level” may derive different meanings among diverse psychological scientists.How do you home in on a topic that will prove engaging and fruitful, while avoiding dead ends?How do you know that what fascinates you today will be fascinating three years from now?GSAS is starting a community-wide discussion on the subject of how to pick a dissertation topic.Share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter (#dissertation), and look for advice from faculty and deans in the next GSAS Bulletin.The more committee members who “own” a part of your topic, the more who will support your defense, leading you toward appropriate publication. Some projects may be completed in one year, while others may take two years or longer.Select a topic that will be manageable within the selected deadline parameter.You’ve probably heard a gazillion times that new research should “push the envelope,” but I’d bet that the likelihood that you had a clear explanation of what that means has not been given to you.Well, I’m going to explain it, right here, right now. An envelope is a term for the curve that encloses all other curves in a family of curves.