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EGL 102 - Robert Serb - Fall 2021

English 102 Robert Serb Guide

Getting Started: Tutorial: Choosing a Topic

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The following databases are great for finding a topic and gathering background information.

Top Tips

  • ask a question you're interested in finding the answer to
  • something that has controversy or more than one viewpoint
  • something that you feel you could research or write about in detail:
    • not too broad
      • You'll know a topic is too broad when you are overwhelmed with information in your research 
      • Examples : "social media" 
    • not too narrow
      • You'll know a topic is too narrow when you don't find enough information in your research
      • Example: "Does the use of Social Media amongst students ages 14-16 at Ourtown High School increase bullying?"
    • just right! 
      • You will feel information is manageable
      • Example: " Does social media use increase bullying in schools?"
  • the answer to your research question will become your thesis statement