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Choose a Topic

Strategies for Generating Topic Ideas

Not sure what to write about? Try these strategies to help you generate ideas and decide on a topic:

  • Scan your textbook or class readings
  • Think about something interesting you have read or seen online or on television
  • Pick a topic relevant to your life
    • Considering a career in medicine?  Hoping to start your own business?  Thinking of studying abroad next year?
    • What laws or policies do you think are unjust?
    • Choose a topic that allows you to learn about something you can apply to your daily life.
  • These library databases are great for generating ideas:

Additional Help: Database Guides

The following guides will provide in-depth help with some of the databases above, including directions for helping you choose a topic:

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