Too much information?
Try limiting your topic to one of the following aspects:
|Theory||Your topic concerns the effects of television on children, narrow your approach to social learning theory.|
|Sub-Topic||Your topic is human cloning, investigate government regulation of cloning.|
|Time Span||Your topic is assisted suicide, contrast public attitudes in the 1980's versus the 2000's.|
|Population||On a topic in genetics, examine specific traits as they affect women over 40 years of age.|
|Location||If your topic concerns the environment, investigate environmental laws in Europe or the Middle East.|
Not enough information?
Read background information. Think of related ideas.
|Your topic is too specific||You want to compare two local bands but you may have to investigate the local music industry or the effects of Youtube on new artists.|
|Your topic is too new||Search databases that contain newspaper articles.|
|Have you checked enough databases?||Use the Research Databases by Subject list to find specialized databases.|
|You are using too much jargon.||Use a thesaurus. How is your topic expressed by experts? What terms are commonly found in citations and bibliographies?|
|Work||Therapy||Ability to calm|
|Emergency crews||Rescue||Ability to detect|
There are lots of times that Google is really helpful for research. Here are a few.
Many times sources found in Google are just as credible as sources in the Library's databases. It's up to YOU to verify credibility when you Google. However, always follow your instructor's directions on the types of sources allowed for assignments.
You need to pick a topic that meets your instructor's criteria and isn't too big or too small. Look for topics where you can make several points about it.Your topic also needs to be academic enough so that you can demonstrate good research techniques. Use your best writing skills to show your knowledge of the topic.
For more help finding a topic, check these pages:
Below are links to online reference resources to help you narrow your broad topics to a narrower focus:
Below are links to topic lists from various institutions, some of which contain further links to information resources.
Choosing a persuasive topic for a college class isn't as easy as it sounds. For starters, you need to find something that can be argued or persuaded. Some topics just can't be argued. Another problem students have is finding topics that can be researched.
Here are some Hot Topic research guides created by Librarians at Rowan-Cabarrus to give you some ideas.