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When should i consider changing my topic?

As you research or begin to analyze literature sources, you may find out that the chosen topic is not ideal. Consider changing your topic when:

  1. There are no sources or only one single source of published literature.
  2. The topic does not meet the expectations of your target audience.
  3. The topic has no significant medical value to your target audience.
  4. The topic cannot be narrowed down to a specific subject.
  5. You have no interest in or are bored by the topic.
  6. The topic is too neutral to express your own interpretations and judgments (synthesis, analysis and evaluation) or leads to conclusions that have no medical value or significance.
  7. The topic has already been published by others.
    1. Summarizing or reporting published work done by others as your own original work is plagiarism . To avoid plagiarism, use those published sources as supporting data to explore a different aspect of the same topic.
    2. For example, there are many peer-reviewed publications about using drug X for the prevention of heart attacks and meta-analysis reviews of the efficacy and benefits of drug X in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders.
      1. The topic of your thesis should cover a different aspect from what it is already published about drug X.
      2. It can be about why drug X is a better treatment than drug Y, the most common treatment for heart attacks or what are the risks associated with the short/ long-term use of drug X in diabetic patients who suffer from cardiovascular disorders.
  8. The topic is highly controversial and published sources are highly subjective instead of objective.
    1. A Master’s thesis paper is objective and should include objective peer-reviewed supportive data or findings to support your own interpretation (synthesis, analysis and evaluation). It cannot be based on unsubstantiated personal opinions or biases.
    2. If supportive data is not available, a Master’s thesis paper cannot be developed.
    3. Consider that a controversial topic may require more time to search for objective literature sources and your assignment may be due before your thesis paper is properly researched and developed.

Searching for a topic

There must be a recent medical discovery or finding about your topic. It cannot re-iterate or summarize information from Wikipedia, online clinical/patient websites, published books or medical/patient pamphlets. When in doubt, your topic should answer all the three questions below:

  1. Ask yourself: what is new about this topic?
  2. What can I or others learn from this topic that it has not been published/overstated before?
  3. What is my opinion on this issue?

Websites to search for NEW medical discoveries or findings:

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You can also search for your topic using medical specialty fields . Click on the following links to begin your search:

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  2. Choose a specialty field and search the table of contents


  1. Under the search tab, choose Journals or Clinics Reviews Articles and type a topic of interest, then hit search

If you are interested in metabolic disorders , please click on any of the links below:

Skim through references/bibliography sections for published literature that interests you. Write or print published articles that interest you.

Narrowing the topic

As you search for your topic, you must organize, interpret, evaluate and print/write the results of your search. Your topic can be narrowed down to a specific subject depending on the type of literature sources found during your general topic search. To help you narrow your topic to a specific subject, enter the number of literature sources you have found/collected for each of the categories in the table below.

Supportive Evidence or Data Prevention Management Diagnosis Treatment
Numerical Data&Results
Current Standard

Other questions to consider when narrowing your topic are:

  • Who is your audience? Who can benefit from this information?
  • What are the causes or issues? What are the results? What is useful about this? What is the value/purpose of this paper?
  • How does this make a difference? How is it an improvement?
  • When does this make a difference?
  • Why is this interesting to know? Why is this important? Why is this valuable?

Match each of the four aspects with their corresponding supportive evidence or data on the left column. The pair that has the highest number is your specific subject. Save this table for future reference. This table can provide you with other aspects to study for your thesis paper without changing published references or the topic.

Searching for published sources:

Below are some helpful website links to help you search for peer-reviewed published literature:

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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