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English 201 Research Process Exercise: Topic Development

Exercise for Engl 201 students


Some of your classmates need help selecting and developing a topic that works for the current assignment.

Your goal is to learn all that you can about topic development in the allotted time and then to teach your classmates what you’ve learned.

Explore the recommended resources and add to what you already know about finding and developing a topic.

Recommended Resource - Research 101 Guide

The Selecting & Developing a Topic page of the Research 101 Guide contains information on generating ideas; writing a research question; and narrowing, broadening, and mapping a topic.

More Information - Developing Your Topic Video

NCSU Libraries (3:10)

Recommended Resource - Topic Ideas

Extra Credit - Additional Database

Do some searching and browsing in this multi-disciplinary database. See if you find any intriguing articles or topic ideas.

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