When you are asked to select a research topic, you may be given a list of suggested topics, you may be assigned a broad topic and asked to select a sub-topic, or you may be free to choose any topic for your research project. When selecting a topic, be sure to choose a topic that interests you! Selecting a topic that interests you will help keep you engaged in the research process. Some steps that you can take to choose a topic are to:
Read the instructions in your assignments carefully and answer the following questions.
Your instructors know best about what is expected from your assignment. Talk to your instructors to find out what their expectations are.
After you have selected your topic, it is important to:
Example topic: What are the effects of global warming on the habitat of polar bears?
Main concepts: (keywords): global warming, habitat, polar bears
Synonyms: greenhouse effect, ozone layer, earth's atmosphere, environment, territory, ursus maritimus