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ENGL 100-101: Finding
a Topic

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Finding a Topic

These links can help you explore a variety of contemporary issues, so you can find one or two topics you'd most like to delve into.

Tips for Choosing and Limiting a Topic

Choose a topic that interests you. If it's something you like, you'll be more interested in doing the work.

  • Make sure your topic is not so broad that you are overwhelmed with information.
  • Make sure your topic is not so narrow that you can't find enough information.

Explore your topic online or using Library Search or the databases to see what information is available on it and to get ideas of related topics.

Limit your topic to a time period (for example: 2, 5 or 10 years) or geographical area (for example: the US, Wisconsin, or Chicago).

Consider how much information you need. Pay attention to your professor's requirements for sources. It's best to know what you need before you even start looking.

Start your research early to reduce stress and anxiety.

This content is adapted from Choosing a Topic via Murphy Library, UW-La Crosse.

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