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How to Write a Research Paper: 2. Selecting a Topic

Information for gathering components of a research paper. Use the tabs below to find information on: 1. Selecting of a Topic, 2. Types of Information Sources, 3. Locating Information, 4. Searching the Web, 5. Evaluating Sources, and 6. Citation

Selecting - Narrowing - Developing a Topic

Narrow your topic by focusing on:

  • Social Aspect
  • Cultural Aspect
  • Historical Aspect (time)
  • Type
  • Place
  • Combining two similar topics*
  • Combining two or more of the aspects above

* Narrow your topic by joining together related concepts.  But beware.  The outcome must be feasible, not too narrow, and  interesting. This is why you need to perform some background research.