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Selecting - Narrowing - Developing a Topic
Narrow your topic by focusing on:
- Social Aspect
- Cultural Aspect
- Historical Aspect (time)
- 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.
From The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina
Provides a host of techniques - freewriting, Listing, Cubing - to brainstorm about and refine topics.