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Research paper choosing a topic2

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Research paper choosing a topic2

  1. 1. Research PaperChoosing a Topic
  2. 2. • You have a good topic if: • You are able to find enough material • You find it interesting • Your topic is objective • Your topic is limited, not too broadChoosing a good topic
  3. 3. • Your topic is workable if you can find at least 5 reliable resources• If you a lot more than 5 resources, your topic may be too broadFinding enough material
  4. 4. • You should find your topic interesting.• You should also find a topic that will be interesting to others!You are interested in it
  5. 5. • Objective-not biased or based on judgments. Subjective topics are based on opinions and judgments.• Here are some examples of objective and subjective topics: • Subj: my uncle’s car accident • Obj: evidence for and against side airbags • Subj: my voting experiences • Obj: the evolution of voting rights in the U.S.Your topic is objective
  6. 6. • Your topic should be focused…too broad a topic will be hard to write about due to too much to cover and too much info.• For example it would be impossible to choose the history of China because you would be writing for hundreds of pages. A better choice might be the causes of the Communist takeover in China or the building of the great wall.My topic is limited
  7. 7. Fire Ant What Too Just TooBroad Ants right invasion Narrow fire ants of U.S. look likeLimiting your topic
  8. 8. • Which topic is the most appropriate topic?1. A. The population of the United States B. Information from the latest U.S. census C. Some problems in collecting accurate census info D. The number of Vietnamese people livning in SanFrancisco
  9. 9. • Which topic is the most appropriate topic?1. A. The population of the United States B. Information from the latest U.S. census C. Some problems in collecting accurate census info D. The number of Vietnamese people livning in San Francisco A and D would just be numbers, you can’t write a whole paper on that. B would be way too broad!
  10. 10. • Which topic is the most appropriate topic? A. Symbolism in Frost’s poem “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” B. Robert Frost’s poetry C. Symbolism in contemporary poetry D. the origin of the word wall
  11. 11. • Which topic is the most appropriate topic? A. Symbolism in Frost’s poem “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” B. Robert Frost’s poetry C. Symbolism in contemporary poetry D. the origin of the word wall B. Frost has written hundreds of poems, way too much to analyze. C. You can’t cover all contemporary poetry, too broad. D. This would only take about a paragraph or two, too narrow!
  12. 12. • Which topic is the most appropriate topic? A. Harriet Tubman’s accomplishments on the Underground Railroad B. History of slavery in the Americas C. Fugitive slave laws D. Roots by Alex Haley---tracing the writer’s origins back to Africa
  13. 13. • Which topic is the most appropriate topic? A. Harriet Tubman’s accomplishments on the Underground Railroad B. History of slavery in the Americas C. Fugitive slave laws D. Roots by Alex Haley---tracing the writer’s origins back to Africa Both topics are good, D is a little vague.
  14. 14. • Which topic is the most appropriate topic? A. Careers in medicine B. Pros and cons of being a nurse in an ER C. The history of medicine in Europe in the 20th Century D. Medical research today
  15. 15. • Which topic is the most appropriate topic? A. Careers in medicine B. Pros and cons of being a nurse in an ER C. The history of medicine in Europe in the 20th Century D. Medical research todayA, C and D are all too broad. There are somany medical careers and so much researchgoing on, your paper could be thousands ofpages. The history of medicine dates back tothe beginnings of history; way too much tocover!
  16. 16. • Why are these topics inappropriate for a research paper? How could we alter them to make them more appropriate?1) My favorite Mexican foods2) Space exploration in 20503) Airport security4) Native American art5) Hurricanes6) William Shakespeares plays
  17. 17. • Why are these topics inappropriate for a research paper? How could we alter them to make them more appropriate?1)My favorite Mexican foods not objective2)Space exploration in 2050 no sources since it is future3)Airport security too broad4)Native American art too broad5)Hurricanes too broad6)William Shakespeares plays too broad

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