Narrow Your Topic or Research Question
It's very common to select a topic or formulate a question that starts out too broad.
Question 1: How is family represented in The House on Mango Street? (broad)
When the scope of your topic is too big, it's hard to write a paper with any depth.
Most scholarly research examines fairly narrow topics and looks at relationships between concepts. For example, family is a pretty broad topic, but looking at how sibling relationships are depicted makes this topic more manageable.
Question 1 (revised): What is the significance of the sibling relationships depicted in The House on Mango Street? (narrowed)
Try a search in a database that looks interesting and record what you were able to find on the spreadsheet.
What to include:
(We'll go through these step by step.)