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Choose a topic that interests you and will hold your attention. If you do, the research will be more enjoyable!
Can’t think of a topic to research?
· Brainstorm – write down any ideas that come to mind
· Talk with lecturers
· Talk with classmates
· Consult sources of background information like general and subject specific encyclopedias, handbooks, and textbooks for ideas
· Browse recent issues of periodicals for topical issues
The Research Assignment
Before selecting a topic or starting your research, make sure you understand your assignment and its requirements. Consider the following:
- Length -- How many words are required?
- Currency -- Do you need current or historical information?
- Level -- Do you need scholarly/professional or popular information?
- Resources -- Do you have to cite a specific number of resources?
- Date Due -- When is the paper due?
Choosing Your Research Topic