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Picking Your Topic *IS* Research
Remember, picking a good topic usually starts with
background reading and test searches. Your topic may shift and change as you do more searching and see what information is available.
Need a topic idea? Doing some background reading can help. Browse websites or databases and see what looks interesting. Use the tabs above to select a starting point.
In general, you should:
Make sure your topic is appropriate for your assignment and your class's subject area.
Think about things you think are interesting, important, or that you wouldn't mind spending time reading about.
Know that you can always ask for help from your instructor or a librarian.
For more detailed information on developing a research topic, see the step-by-step guides and links below: