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Select a Topic

Select a Topic

One of the most difficult steps in beginning a research paper can be choosing a topic. Start with a broad topic area like hate crimes, global warming or Social Networking.


Some ideas of where you find topics:

  • Scan your textbook for topic ideas and suggestions.
  • Think of what you have read or seen recently that interested you.
  • Draw on your other classes for inspiration.
  • Browse an encyclopedia in the subject area
  • If your assignment is to write on a Controversial Topic, use Opposing Viewpoints in Context (UCR subscribed) to browse for broad topic areas.
  • If you are looking for something very current and relevant, look in the newspaper or Google News

The most important thing about the topic you choose is that it has to be something you are interested in!

Last modified: 10/6/2010 1:38 PM by M. Potter

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