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Choosing a Topic

Choose a topic that interests you - this will make research and writing much more enjoyable!

What is a good topic?

  • Can eventually be narrowed down into a clear and focused thesis
  • Has adequate sources available for research

Explore Background Information

  • Read Encyclopedia Britannica or Very Short Introductions, or look through CREDO for background research to learn more about your topic and find keywords;
    • your course readings and class notes will also provide more keywords!
  • Brainstorm related concepts and keywords.
    • For example, if your topic is "vegetarianism," write down synonyms or related terms: vegans, whole grains, animal rights.

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How-to Video: Finding a Topic