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Natural and Earth Science

Getting Started With Topics

A good research topic...

  • Fits the assignment requirements
  • Can be supported by research materials available
  • Is interesting to you - it's something you want to learn more about
  • Has a unique angle or explores a 'hot' issue in your field (esp. important for senior/grad level papers)

Can’t think of a topic to research? Get ideas from:

  • Your class textbook(s)
  • Notes from class discussions and lectures
  • Current magazines and newspapers
  • Encyclopedias - online or in print
  • Your instructor or a librarian
  • A 'Hot topic' database such as CQ Researcher