HOW DO I CHOOSE A TOPIC? Tips for helping choose a topic for the Cause & Effect and Argument Papers By Isabel DeFeo  at Fr...
THINK OF TOPICS THAT INTEREST YOU <ul><li>Ask yourself, “What do I find myself reading about or watching on television?” <...
ASK YOURSELF WHY YOU LIKE A TOPIC <ul><li>It should be </li></ul><ul><ul><li>something that interests you </li></ul></ul><...
MOTORCYCLES <ul><li>One student liked and owned a motorcycle.  He believed in using a helmet while some of his friends did...
HORMONES GIVEN TO COWS FOR MILK <ul><li>One student heard from her father that the hormones in milk was one possible cause...
SAFETY OF HYBRID CARS <ul><li>One student was an EMT.  His department is concerned with the emergence of hybrid cars on th...
STOPPING SEXUAL OFFENDERS <ul><li>One student didn’t believe that sex offenders could ever be rehabilitated. </li></ul><ul...
SAFETY OF WATER <ul><li>One student wanted to know whether she was really throwing her money away by buying bottled water....
BE CREATIVE – LOOK EVERYWHERE <ul><li>Be creative and flexible with your topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Be willing to change you...
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  1. 1. HOW DO I CHOOSE A TOPIC? Tips for helping choose a topic for the Cause & Effect and Argument Papers By Isabel DeFeo at Frederick Community College Copyright ©2011
  2. 2. THINK OF TOPICS THAT INTEREST YOU <ul><li>Ask yourself, “What do I find myself reading about or watching on television?” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World War II </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mythbusters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rock music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motorcycles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fashion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biographies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mysteries </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. ASK YOURSELF WHY YOU LIKE A TOPIC <ul><li>It should be </li></ul><ul><ul><li>something that interests you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>something you are curious about </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Something that has some kind of relevance or significance for you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remember, you will be dedicating a lot of time to this topic! </li></ul>
  4. 4. MOTORCYCLES <ul><li>One student liked and owned a motorcycle. He believed in using a helmet while some of his friends did not. </li></ul><ul><li>His topic: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helmet use in the United States and whether the use of helmets saves lives. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. HORMONES GIVEN TO COWS FOR MILK <ul><li>One student heard from her father that the hormones in milk was one possible cause of acne, so she began researching hormones given to cows. </li></ul><ul><li>Her topic: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many milking cows are given hormones to increase milk production. The main manufacturer paid researchers and the government off to get its hormone approved without proper research. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. SAFETY OF HYBRID CARS <ul><li>One student was an EMT. His department is concerned with the emergence of hybrid cars on the roads and how to deal with them at an accident scene. </li></ul><ul><li>His topic: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When considering whether to buy a hybrid car, people should look at is whether a hybrid car is safe in a collision. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. STOPPING SEXUAL OFFENDERS <ul><li>One student didn’t believe that sex offenders could ever be rehabilitated. </li></ul><ul><li>Her topic: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The only way sex offenders should be allowed out of prison is if they submit to either chemical or permanent castration and behavioral therapy. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. SAFETY OF WATER <ul><li>One student wanted to know whether she was really throwing her money away by buying bottled water. </li></ul><ul><li>Her topic: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is there really a difference in terms of safety and quality between bottled water and the water from her tap? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. BE CREATIVE – LOOK EVERYWHERE <ul><li>Be creative and flexible with your topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Be willing to change your topic after an initial search. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes topics are too broad or too narrow. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Too much information on a topic usually means that the topic is too broad. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If the topic is too broad, it is better to focus on some interesting aspect of it. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of information indicates that the topic is too narrow. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If it is too specific, it may be difficult to find enough information. </li></ul></ul></ul>

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