The first step to completing an academic research project is coming up with a viable topic. How do you decide what to write your research paper about? First you’ll have to answer these questions:
If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then you can skip to the next section!
However, if you are expected to choose a topic on your own, then you have some work to do. Think about the following questions:
The following preliminary activities will help you choose a topic:
Revising and narrowing your topic: As you read and review sources, you may find that your original topic is too broad or too narrow. You may also find that there is just not enough research available upon which to base your research paper, which also may necessitate revising your topic. Some questions to ask as you revise:
(Some text adapted from University of Indiana)
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