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CMP102 - Composition 2 - Sherf

Developing Your Topic

Follow these steps to choose a topic:

  1. Choose a topic that can be researched
  2. Write down what you know about the topic
  3. Conduct background research to understand how to focus your topic
  4. List questions that you would like answered to help narrow your topic
  5. Choose a question that is focused, interesting, and not too broad to guide your research
  6. Evaluate your question 
  7. Develop your thesis

Wikipedia is a great place to start your research, to get ideas about your topic, and to help you understand the issues related to a topic. While you won't use it as a source for your paper, you can use it to develop your topic, research question, and search strategy.

how to pick a manageable topic

which way   CC  by Ian Wilson

 The research process is not linear. As you begin your research and develop your topic, you will encounter new information that will create new questions. This is a normal part of the process. 

Your research question will guide your research determining what type of sources you need, and the concepts you need to explore. Your question may change as you discover new aspects of your topic, and you may need to repeat parts of the research cycle. 

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