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___ Did you review the expectations for the paper/project? Does your topic meet the expectations?
___ Is your topic interesting to you?
___ Will you be able to find enough quality sources on this topic? (see video below)
___ If the paper/project requires you to write at length--let's say 5 pages--ask yourself if you can write 5 pages of quality contenton your topic?
As you consider these questions, do some preliminary reading about your topic. Even brief background reading (CQ Researcher/Wikipedia) will help you understand some of the basic concepts, terms and scope of your topic.
Picking Your Topic IS Research!
Source: NCSU Libraries
Brainstorming topics / background research
These sources will give you an overview of a topic and some ideas of ways that you can pursue the topic in more detail.
Look for "Hot Topics" at the right of the landing page or go to the "Browse Topics" tab at the top. You can explore background information on health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy.
Regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy.Coverage: 1991-
This should not be used as your ultimate source in research, but its breadth, ease of use and reliability usually make it an acceptable place to begin exploring or gathering background information on a topic.
Sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trust, the Pew Research Center provides research data and analysis in the areas of U.S. Politics, Media and News, Social Trends, Religion, Internet and Technology, Hispanics and Global topics.
A keyword is a word that you commonly use to describe your subject. When you search a catalog or database, your search results are a list of books or articles that match the keywords you used. Finding the right words is the "key" to successful research!
Ways to brainstorm keywords:
Ask yourself questions about your topic and write down words that you use.
Do some background reading on your topic--from encyclopedias, news articles, text books, etc. Add words you find to your list.