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Get Your Research Started: The Basic Steps: Topic Choosing

Defining a good topic is hard

Often your professor will assign you a specific topic or at least an area of concentration.  If you need to choose or narrow to a particular topic on your own, the following can help:

  • Readings for your class and your notes on these readings

  • Your in- and out-of-class writing, where you might touch on ideas or questions you want to explore further
  • A research journal, where you write and reflect on your research questions and interests—and how these questions and interests possibly change in the course of your research
  • CQ Researcher Online or  Opposing Viewpoints: contain information on current social issues and hot to pics
  • "Choosing a Research Topic" from the Chronicle of Higher Education

Thesis Generators

Can't come up with a topic??? Try these online Thesis Generators!