Research is Process:
When choosing a topic, pick something that interests you. Browse your textbook and the list of topics provided by Dr. Peters, or begin with some exploratory searching in Google Scholar.
These two articles list the biggest questions that primatologists have been asking. These are also good examples of clear and concise research questions (or thesis statements):
Exploring Wikipedia and reference articles can also be helpful when selecting or narrowing your topic. Wikipedia has a number of summary articles on primates. While you are reading, take notes of key words and citations that you will use when searching for scholarly materials (do not use Wikipedia as a source).
These two reference works search across hundreds of encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries, and they provide citations for you to use in your research:
Developing a clear and concise thesis or research question will help you to focus your research and your writing.
Here is an example: