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English 102 Composition II / Research: Topic Selection

This Research Guide will assist students needing to explore topics before writing a research paper.

Getting Started

  • Your instructor may provide a "prompt", give you a list of suggestions, or some other guidelines to get you started on a topic. 
  • Selection of a topic might start with a question such as "Does race make a difference in getting into college?" or "What are the impacts of daily use of TikTok on young adults?".
  •  At this point, it's a good idea to try doing some "pre-research" to see if there is information on the topic.  If there is too much information, you may need to narrow your topic.  If there is too little, you may need to broaden your topic.  You may also discover you might take a different direction with your topic or change it altogether.

Explore Topics with SVC Databases

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Where to find Topics on the Internet


Allsides: Topics & Issues in the news

Pew Research Center: Topics

Tutorial Videos About Topics

1 minute tutorials from Credo Database:

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