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How do I select a topic for my research or paper?

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Are you struggling to choose a research topic? Here are some things to consider:

  • Know your assignment parameters, and choose a topic that fits. Does the assignment provide you with any guidelines on what your topic should be?
  • Choose something that's of interest to you. If you don't feel engaged with your topic, the research and writing are going to be boring for you. 
  • Focus your topic to fit the project. Once you've decided on a general topic idea, do some searching in a library database or a news site. 
  • Still unsure? Talk to your instructor, review this topic tutorial, or chat with a librarian. We'd be happy to guide you toward the right topic and scope for your project.

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