Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: Jun 24, 2015 Views: 199
When selecting a topic for your research, ask yourself the following questions before selecting a topic:
- Will it sustain my interest?
- Am I choosing a topic because it seems easy or my friends are doing it?
- Does it fit the parameters of my assignment?
- How much time to you have and how long does the assignment need to be?
- Is credible information on this topic readily available?
One major way many people choose a topic for their assignment is through brainstorming. Talk about ideas with classmates and friends, consider your personal interests, review class readings, and browse current periodicals or books on your subject.
Try one of these tools from the Shapiro Library and the web to help you brainstorm and choose a topic:
- Credo Reference Concept Map - A powerful brainstorming tool to help you find a topic and expand your research.
- Opposing Viewpoints In Context - Browse topics and maps to help you brainstorm ideas for your research, especially for argumentative papers or debates.
- NRDC Priority Issues - Explore topic current events, and issues related to the environment, wildlife, sustainability, and more.
- Public Agenda Online - Browse topics, current events, and issues related to education, energy, health care, and government.
- MedlinePlus: Social and Family Issues - Explore topics, current events, and issues related to health care, drugs and alcohol, social work, and more.
Keep in mind that topics for research assignments may change over time and as you learn more about your area of interest, the resources available on your topic, and your assignment.
Check out Choose a Research Topic or the video below for more information.
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