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Research 101: Select a Topic

A guide to help you develop good research skills!


 

Tip!

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?

Well, you should try:

  • Looking through current magazines and newspapers to see what catches your eye.
  • Browse electronic encyclopedias.
  • The database, Opposing Viewpoints, covers a wide range of current, controversial social and economic issues. For more      information, click the title link.
  • Discuss potential topics with your instructor, a librarian, or a classmate.

Before you begin researching: 
Make sure you understand your assignment, its requirements, and 
consider the following:

  • Were you assigned a topic, or can you pick your own?
  • How many pages or words do you need to write, or how long is your presentation?
  • Do you need specific types of sources (e.g. scholarly journal, book, etc.)?
  • When is the assignment due, and how much time do you have to research?
  • Is currency of information important?
  • When in doubt, consult with your instructor.


 

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