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Choosing a Topic
Sometimes the most difficult part of the research process is choosing a topic. Here are some tips for selecting a research question that you will enjoy learning about and will ultimately lead to a good grade.
- Read through your assignment. Professors design an assignment outline for a reason. Make sure your topic can and will adhere to their requirements and guidelines.
- Choose a topic you are interested in. If you don't like what you're researching, chances are you won't learn a whole lot or enjoy the process. And really, what's the point of that?
- Browse resources that relate to your course work. Look through a newspaper, magazine, or database for current events or hot topics. Browsing can spark a lot of great ideas and can help you refine your topic.
- Ask for help! There is nothing wrong with asking your professor or a librarian to help you brainstorm ideas.
Where to Start
The links below are great places to start in developing a research question. Browsing current events and hot topics can spark your interest and inspire a topic.