Researching a collection is a great way to learn more about a topic or series of items, but figuring out what to pursue can be difficult. Without any notable conditions, choosing a collection involves both a personal desire to pursue and an interesting subject matter.
One of the first things to get started in choosing a collection is coming up with different options. A node diagram is a handy tool to use, as it allows you to list out dozens of ideas every minute in a sketch pad or note book.
Below is an example node diagram I created for a research project, focusing purely on noun options.
The quality isn’t great, but that doesn’t matter! From this diagram I have plenty of different noun options that I can use.
After going through my diagram I put together 20 options I think could work for myself, and then grouped them into different noun categories (eg. Clothing/accessories, Cars, Cities, etc.). I also went through and listed out some Pros and Cons for each option, which might address concerns with an option.
The next step after this will involve picking an option and going into more detail, which should be done after some timely consideration of the options.