Choosing Your Topic
Exploring Your Topic
I still can't decide on a topic!
Here are some more questions to ask yourself to help you get started.
Do I want a broad overview of my topic?
Dictionaries and encyclopedias provide concise surveys of ideas, events, historical figures, and other topics.
Will my presentation be more effective if it includes photographs?
Do I need numbers - data, statistics, or polls - to back up my thesis?
Do I need late breaking news on my topic?
Do I need a primary source - eyewitness account, original document? (What is a primary source?)
You may wish to visit the University Archives or consult a staff member at the Research Assistance Desk.
Will I show a DVD, streaming video, or video in my class presentation? Will I create my own presentation?
Review question: What research materials will help you complete your assignment or answer the questions you've posed?