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How Do I Choose a Topic?
How do I choose a topic? First, read your assignment to understand the requirements and/or limitations of your topic choices. Then choose a topic that interests you:
Develop Search Strategies
Use those strategies to do background research.
Click on each of the tabs below to try different search tools.
Look for signs that you have a "good" topic
Note: Be Flexible.
Your topic may change or evolve over time.
This is a normal part of the research process.
FOCUS ON A SPECIFIC LOCATION OR CULTURE
Are you interested in:
- Geographic location (Spain, Yucatan Penninsula...etc.)?
- Time period? (Stone Age, pre-Columbian..etc.)?
- Culture (Mayan, Viking..etc.)?
- See more choices and examples...
FOCUS ON A SPECIFIC TOPIC OR CONTROVERSY
- is there a topic from your textbook or class lecture that you want to further explore?
- what don't you know know about how people lived in the past?
I wonder how / why / if ___________?
(I wonder how the Vikings viewed the afterlife?)
- See a list of potential topics
*You will start with a topic and will need to narrow it down to one archaeological site