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choosing a research topic
Transcript of choosing a research topic
Gather Preliminary Research
There's a few
ways you can approach a topic.
Gather preliminary research
Write a research statement or question
Identify search terms
Your professor has just handed out a research assignment. You can choose any topic. How do you get started?
Narrow your topic
Check your textbook/syllabus
(What topics are you interested in?)
Look in the newspaper
(What's going on in the ?)
(What's going on at CNN.com, on , etc.?)
What aspects of this
topic are interesting?
What details would be important to share?
Is there enough information to even write a paper about this topic?
Make sure your topic is not too large.
You want it to be narrow in focus, so research
& writing is easier.
Ex: Topic is "
What are some aspects of obesity?
Bad food choices
Obese teens/college students
Think about which aspects of the main topic
are most of interest to you.
Choose the most interesting
aspects of the topic & write it
as a sentence or question.
This will help you
write it as a
Ex. "Because of poor food
choices in the school cafeteria,
college students are at a higher risk
Take your statement & choose the most important KEYWORDS:
poor food choices
are at a higher