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Begin Your Research Here: Strategies

How to Select a Topic

What should you consider before choosing your topic?
  • Choose something that interests you.
  • Think about how long the paper or presentation must be.
  • Think about how much time you have to complete your research.

If you're not sure how much time to devote to the different pieces of your research, try using an assignment calculator (such as this one from the University of Minnesota).

Tip:  Do some background reading before making a decision!

If you don’t know much about the topics you're considering, try searching Credo Reference and using their mind mapping tool or search a general encyclopedia.

Looking for articles in general or subject-specific databases can give you an idea of the ways scholars are thinking and writing about your topic. You can find subject-specific database suggestions on our research guides.  

Sample Mind Maps

Resources in the HWS Library

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