1. TOPIC DEVELOPME NT
Your professor may do a certain amount of 'topic finding' for
you. You may receive a listing of required topics, in a class.
This often happens in beginning '101' classes, where your
instructor will provide a list of approved topics, for example.
2. Often topics are very broad, two-three words or a phrase.
Even if you begin with a ‘good’ topic, part of your
assignment is to narrow the topic down, finding a specific
aspect to work with
3. Narrowing Your Topics
You've found a broad topic you'd like to research, but how
can you develop the topic, and make it a manageable size?
Searching under very broad topics like 'drugs' will not
provide a manageable topic for research
Medicine and Health
4. Developing Subtopics
Begin by creating a list of specific subtopics
---medicine and health
And many more!
6. Using Questions
Investigate your Topic with Journalistic Questions
What subject area or discipline does my topic fit into?
What do I know about it? What don't I know?
When. What time period do I want to cover?
Where. On what geographic region do I want to focus?
How do events happen in my topic [through legal/personal
7. Why would we use questions to develop a topic?
1. Questions require answers.
A topic is hard to cover completely because it typically encompasses too
many related issues; but a question has an answer, even if it is ambiguous
2. Questions give you a way of evaluating the evidence.
A clearly stated question helps you decide which information will be
3. A clear open-ended question calls for real research and
Asking a question with no direct answer makes research and writing
more meaningful to both you and your audience.