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PICKING YOUR TOPIC IS RESEARCH

Source:  NCSU Libraries, 2013

 

TOPIC MAP

Draw a circle in the middle of a blank piece of paper.  Inside the circle, put your idea for a paper topic:

Brainstorm as many questions as you can about your topic.  Try asking questions such as Why?  Who?  How?  When?  What?  Where? 

Look for broad questions that can be further divided into more narrow, specific questions.  If you run out of ideas ask a classmate for help -- what questions do they have about your topic?

Review your topic map.  Which questions are you most interested in?  Which are the best fit for your assignment?  Highlight keywords and phrases you can use to search for information on this topic.

Source:  UCLA Library Inquiry Labs

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