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How Do I

Tips for Choosing a Research Topic

  • Start with something that interests you!
  • Make sure you understand the assignment guidelines
  • Scan your textbook for ideas
  • Consult reference sources, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and companions to develop your understanding of the topic. [Reference materials are also helpful when you are building a list of search terms!]
  • If in doubt, discuss possible topics with your instructor

Picking Your Topic IS Research