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ENG 111: English Composition: Welcome

Selecting a Research Topic

Selecting a topic to write about can be challenging. Below are some of our best tips.

NMC librarians are always glad to brainstorm topic ideas with you!

  1. Know the assignment. Does your instructor want you to write about a local or personal issue? Are there any topics that are out-of-bounds?
  2. Choose a topic that truly interests you. Perhaps something that makes you angry or is related to your field of study. You'll be more motivated to do the research if you care about the issue.
  3. Narrow your topic to something manageable. If your topic is too broad (i.e. "global warming") you will find too much information, and it will be difficult to focus your argument.
  4. Consider whether high-quality information about the topic exists. For example, you may have a strong personal interest in parking issues at NMC, but if your instructor requires you to find six credible sources, and you're having difficulty locating just one, you may need to broaden the scope of your topic.

Suggested Websites for Finding Topics to Write About:

ENG 111: Course Reserves

Note: Different texts are used by different sections of English 111. Consult your syllabus.

How to Evaluate Sources for Credibility

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