[YouTube description] "Tools and techniques for choosing, narrowing and filtering research topics for APA and MLA research papers, term papers, themes and essays. Also: how to design the open-ended research question." Presented by Mr. David Taylor of the University of Maryland University College Writing Center.
Although targeting shorter essay-style research papers, Mr. Taylor's advice on developing a research topic is applicable for graduate-level thesis-length projects as well.
Published October 31, 2010 | Runtime: 6:33min.
[YouTube description] "Tips and strategies to narrow your topic for a more effective paper."
As with the previous video, the target audience is undergraduates. However, the questions asked and the guidelines suggested here will serve the graduate student as well.
Published on Sep 19, 2012 | Runtime: 3:43 min.