Sometimes, finding a topic for your research paper is not always that easy. At some level, you will most likely be asked to write on a topic that will be discussed in your class, or that will have some relevance to topics discussed in class.
Where to Find Ideas
Why Should I Start with Background Information?
Where to Find Background Information
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Narrowing a topic requires you to be more specific about your research interest and can help you to develop a thesis.
Questions to Narrow Your Topic
What is a Thesis Statement?
A thesis is typically a one sentence statement in the first paragraph, or beginning, of your project that states your purpose. Thesis statements should be arguable, specific, detailed, and meaningful.
This tutorial explains how to use Wikipedia as an exploratory tool and where it can appropriately fit in the research process. Created by Michael Baird, Cooperative Library Instruction Project (CLIP)