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