The Origins of Ideas:
New ideas usually come from the synthesis of what appears to be different, unconnected pieces of information.
Choosing a Topic:
Identification of a problem
Need to consider if:
The research idea is importance enough for publication? – a common reason for rejection by journal editors is that the topic is not important enough.
Are the resources available?
Need a clear statement of the problem
Goal of research is to test a hypothesis
Planning the Research:
Need the strongest study design to meet aim
• ease of access to participants
• availability of equipment
• time constraints