Choose a topic that you find interesting! Select something that will hold your interest for the nine weeks that you will work on this project. For a capstone or thesis topic consider:
Topic: Social media in the workplace.
Many students start with a general topic and then narrow the focus. For example, you may be interested in social media and decide to examine its use by employees in the workplace. You could be even more specific, limiting your scope to a particular geographical location, a specific type of company, an age group, etc.
Thesis statement (typically for research papers, critical analyses, etc.): The benefits to companies whose employees use social media at work outweigh the negatives.
For most standalone papers, you will want to write a thesis statement expressing the argument you want to make. The statement will guide you as you search for information. In this case, we will want to find research on the pros and cons of social media use in the workplace. Ideally, it would be great to find some studies which support the argument that the benefits outweigh the negatives.
Research question (for students conducting a research project): Does the size of a company make a significant difference in the degree to which companies benefit from social media use among their employees?
If you plan to conduct actual research, you need to establish the research question or questions that your study will attempt to answer. For example, we may ask whether the size of the company makes a difference as regards social media benefits. We could do a survey of various companies and compare the responses of large, medium and small companies. Ideally this study would cover new ground and not exactly replicate previous studies.
Always check with your instructor to make sure you understand the assignment and to get help if you are having trouble with this step.
Topic: general subject of your project.
Thesis statement (typically for research papers, critical analyses, etc.): The purpose or argument of your paper.
Research question (for students conducting a research project): The question you will attempt to answer as a result of your research.