C&RL Spotlight

Wendi Kaspar

Abstract

How to find a research topic, problem statement, or a question that’s worth publishing

There is some irony as I write this, as it is the third attempt at a column for this month. The two other editorials drafted were scrapped (at least for now): one is not coming together and one is just too controversial for how it is currently framed. In going back to the drawing board, it occurred to me that this is an issue (how to find a topic to write about) that I continually hear from authors and peers (and students), so I thought I would discuss it here with both confessions and advice.

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