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Developing A Topic
Developing A Topic
Developing A Topic
Developing A Topic
Developing A Topic
Developing A Topic
Developing A Topic
Developing A Topic
Developing A Topic
Developing A Topic
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Developing A Topic

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  • Why We Teach This: Selecting a topic is a skill that can be learned A good topic is 40% of a good paper ESPECIALLY if you tend to procrastinate when beginning research. Goals of Selecting a Topic: Get a topic that matches the assignment Get a topic that is manageable for the time you have Get a GOOD research question to answer in your paper. This focuses your research and makes organizing the paper easier. Good grades start with good topics!!
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    • 1. Developing a Topic Want to do good research? Start with a good topic!! What was the history of the Knights Templar in the crusades? What deceptive tactics were used to keep D-Day a secret from the Germans? What impact did Gaudi’s architecture have on those who came after him? How effective is the TEACHH program at treating Autism? What impact does exercise have on treating breast cancer? What role does dopamine play in addictive behaviors? What was the significance of Raphael’s “School of Athens” in art history?
    • 2. Step 1: Match Your Assignment <ul><li>How long is the assignment? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You will write different papers on the same topic based on the length. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 page paper : What is the history of the Apple i-Pod? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15 page paper : What is the history of the Apple Computer company? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Honors Thesis : What impact did the invention of the MacIntosh computer have on the history of computing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Book : Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company </li></ul></ul>
    • 3. Step 1: Match Your Assignment <ul><li>Match the Assignment Type: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opinion Paper : will need to choose a topic that has 2 sides (gun control, abortion, legalizing drugs NOT history of antibiotics) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Paper : will need a topic with enough resources (history, art, literature, business NOT Nov. 2006 Elections) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative Assignment : don’t have to worry about sources </li></ul></ul>
    • 4. Step 1: Match Your Assignment <ul><li>Know what resources you will need </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If your instructor wants only books, avoid really recent events. Stick with things that have a history. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If your instructor wants scholarly journal articles, pick a topic that has a scholarly perspective. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you will need primary sources, pick a historical event or person that would have been written about in the news. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you will need web sites, pick a topic conducive to GOOD web information such as technology, business, current events, etc. </li></ul></ul>
    • 5. Step 1: Match Your Assignment <ul><li>Know how long you have to research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Longer papers take more time to research (DUH) but so do more complicated topics. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are limited on time (or tend to procrastinate) pick a more straightforward topic that will use resources readily available. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WFU does not have collections on every topic (engineering, medical, etc.) so if you will need to ILL items, give yourself enough time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We also don’t have every journal article online – some are in print in the library so be sure you give yourself time to retrieve them during library hours. </li></ul></ul>
    • 6. Step 2: Get a ‘starter topic’ <ul><li>Once you think you know what you want to research, do a bit of reading </li></ul><ul><li>Encyclopedias and other reference materials will give you a good background on your topic. Check Wikipedia or Encyclopedia Britannica Online . </li></ul><ul><li>If it is a social or political issue check out CQ Researcher </li></ul><ul><li>Use the headings in these resources to help you narrow your topics </li></ul>
    • 7. Step 3: Refine Your Topic <ul><li>Topics (CANCER) can be refined by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Category (Leukemia, breast cancer) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People (women, children, college students) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place (US, Africa, California, Urban Areas) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time (1960s, pre-chemotherapy, WWII) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Characteristics (causes, types of treatment, effects of treatment, effects on patient) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Form a question : “What role does diet play in breast cancer treatment?” </li></ul>
    • 8. Another Example: Steroid Use <ul><li>Ways to Refine this topic: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Category (anabolic steroids, pills vs. shots, reasons taken, effects on body) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People (athletes, patients, children) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place (High Schools, colleges, US, Europe) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time (1980s, particular Olympics or event) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Characteristics (Professional athletes, Olympics, cancer treatments) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Question : What are the long-term effects on reproductive ability in males who take steroids as teenagers? </li></ul>
    • 9. Step 4: Take it to the Instructor <ul><li>Before moving on with more research, run your topic by your instructor. </li></ul><ul><li>They can tell you if it is appropriate for the paper and may even give you hints as to where good resources are found. </li></ul>
    • 10. Continue with your research <ul><li>Look at </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Magazine and newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarly Journal articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarly Web Sites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Refine your topic if you need to because you find too much or too little information. (Run any revisions by your instructor). </li></ul>
    • 11. Thesis Statement <ul><li>As you research, you should look to develop a thesis statement. </li></ul><ul><li>A thesis statement is an answer to the research question. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Prolonged use of certain kinds of steroids during certain years, can reduce a man’s ability to have children.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Eating a high fiber diet can have a positive impact on a patient’s ability to survive breast cancer for one year, but beyond that, results are mixed.” </li></ul>

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