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Writing Research Papers: Finding a Topic

A guide to assist with writing a research paper.

Ideas for a Topic

Ideas for a topic

·         What are your interests?

·         What are your career plans?

·         Do you have favorite hobbies?

·         Any medical condition you want to know about?

·         Social Issues

Determining a good topic

Points to remember:

  • Make sure your topic isn’t too broad.
  • Can you state the topic as a question?
  • Your topic must be narrow enough to be interesting, yet broad enough for sufficient research available.

 

Formulating a topic

  1. Brainstorm for ideas
  2. Read general background information
  3. Focus in on a topic
  4. Make a list of keywords
  5. Be flexible
  6. Research and read more about your topic
  7. Formulate a thesis statement or research question

Resources for Topic Ideas