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Step 1: Develop a Topic

Understand the Assignment

Before selecting a topic or starting your research, make sure you understand your assignment and its requirements. Consider the following:

  • Have you been assigned a topic or can you pick your own?
  • How many pages/words do you need to write? How long is your presentation?
  • Do you need to include specific types of sources? (e.g. scholarly journal, book, etc.)
  • When is the assignment due? How much time do you have to research?
  • Is currency of information important? 
  • When in doubt, consult with your instructor!

Developing A Topic

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Steps to Develop a Topic

Developing a good research question can sometimes be the most difficult part of the research process. If you are struggling, follow the links below.


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