Ask the Who, What, When, Where and Why questions:
The ability to develop a good research topic is an important skill. An instructor may assign you a specific topic, but most often instructors require you to select your own topic of interest. When deciding on a topic, there are a few things that you will need to do:
Check Out this great site from University of Michigan-Flint which covers this topic:
If you have questions or need help, contact Common's Reference Desk in Helm (270 745-6125) or your subject specialist librarian.
Often choosing a topic can be the hardest part of a research paper. You will need to start with a broad idea of your topic and then focus in on what aspect really interests you. You can use many resources to find your broad topic, including Wikipedia (for general ideas only), databases, and books. But they are just a jumping off point of ideas.
Opposing Viewpoint Series WKU has a great selection of Opposing Viewpoint books. These books are designed for Freshman and Sophmore students and provide informed pro/con and point/counterpoint viewpoints on a variety of controversial research topics. Just go to the library catalog page and type in "opposing viewpoints" to view the 500 plus selection our library has.
If you should have difficulties and need help with your writing, please contact the folks at the Writing Center to make an appointment for someone to work with you one-on-one.
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