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Choosing A Topic : 1. Start with a General Idea

Starting your paper is hard, but it is a very important part of your research. Research is inquiry - asking for more information, finding the right questions, being curious, and investigating. Begin with a big, simple idea and stay aware of the size of the assignment and you will find the right fit!
 
This tutorial will walk you through strategies to develop a strong topic for a research paper or assignment. It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. To feel confident and comfortable with your research assignment, watch these two videos and then move to "Refine Your Topic."

 

Step 1: Calm Down. This part is tough!

Step 2: Understand the "Research Question"