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Steps in Developing a Topic
Developing a good topic that leads to a strong research paper is often the most difficult part of the research process. Try one of these links if you're in need of help:
- Select a Topic
- Develop Research Questions
- Identify Keywords
- Refine Your Topic
Developing Research Topics
Developing a Topic
Need help with finding a topic to research?
- Look at your textbook for general subjects
- Browse current magazines and journals related to your major
- Look at print and electronic encyclopedias
- Try "hot topics" databases such as Opposing Viewpoints
- Ask your instructor, a classmate or librarian to help you find a good topic
The Research Assignment
Before selecting a topic or starting your research, make sure you understand your assignment and its requirements. Consider the following:
- Have you been assigned a topic or can you pick your own?
- How many pages/words do you need to write? How long is your presentation?
- Do you need to include specific types of sources? (e.g. scholarly journal, book, etc.)
- When is the assignment due? How much time do you have to research?
- Is currency of information important?
When in doubt, consult with your instructor.