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ENG 2100 - Research Writing and Argumentation: 1. Develop Your Topic

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Do you understand your research assignment and what is expected of you?

Before selecting a topic or starting your research, make sure you understand your assignment and its requirements. Consider the following:

  • Have you been assigned a topic or can you pick your own?
  • How many pages/words do you need to write? How long is your presentation?
  • Do you need to include specific types of sources? (e.g., scholarly journal, book, government document)
  • When is the assignment due? How much time do you have to do your research?
  • Is currency of information important?

When in doubt, consult your instructor.

Steps to Develop a Topic and a Research Question

Developing a good research question can sometimes be the most difficult part of the research process. If you are struggling, follow the links below.

Developing a Topic

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