Recursion involves repeatedly applying a procedure to a set of data, ideas, or a text with each repetition building on the results of the previous one.


In the context of choosing a topic, the term recursive refers to cycles of conducting research, revising your working thesis statement, conducting more research, revising again and so on.



Revising a Topic

The process of narrowing and broadening is often recursive. That is, you may need to revisit your topic, driving questions and working thesis statement several times during your research, reading and writing.


If you need assistance with finding out what’s available on particular topics or suggestions on what resources may help you to refine your topic, don’t hesitate to visit one of the reference desks at York University Libraries.

If you’re uncertain about the viability of your research questions and thesis, discuss your ideas with your instructor.