Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: Jul 04, 2016 Views: 1875
While you want to choose a topic that interests you, the most important things to consider are your assignment guidelines.
- Double-check the syllabus or assignment document.
- Double-check the assignment's word limit.
- Assume that each main point will likely require at least one page of explanation.
- Write out all the topics or sources that you must cover in your paper.
- Think about the scope of your paper.
- Short papers require narrow topics. Rather than using a broad topic like "diabetes" in a five-page paper, narrow your focus to something more manageable (i.e., diabetes in middle-aged Caucasian men with sedentary lifestyles).
- Take thorough notes.
- Determine your topic and create a thesis statement for your paper.
- Choosing a topic is just one of many parts of the prewriting process. Explore other steps to take before beginning your paper.
- Take a look at some brainstorming activities to get your creativity flowing!
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