BEFORE CHOOSING A TOPIC:
WHERE TO LOOK FOR TOPIC IDEAS:
Your instructor may give you specific instructions, prompts, readings, or lists as to what your topic will be about, if so - great!
If you need help with ideas, here are some places to look.
Try the "Five W's" to help refine your topic:
The questions below will help you to investigate and narrow down some ideas about your topic. Circle or highlight names, terms, and ideas that interest you the most. You might turn this into a list of search terms or "keywords."
(image from the Noun Project "five" by Adam Zubin, MV)
WHY DOES BACKGROUND INFORMATION MATTER?
Looking at background information can:
FIND BACKGROUND INFORMATION IN THESE SVC DATABASES:
Some instructors will allow you to use Wikipedia as a background source, but check first!