Select a Topic
Your instructor may have given you a topic but, more likely, you have the freedom to select one yourself. Here are some helpful tips:
Select a topic that interests you
The more interested you are in your topic, the more motivated and enthusiastic you will be to research and understand its complexities.
- Is there an issue you have always wanted to learn about?
- Is there an issue that has touched you, your family or your community?
- Is there an issue going on right now in the world that you want to understand more fully?
Select a topic that is researchable
Some topics just aren't good research topics. Why does my cat chase mice? is not a very do-able topic. A better topic might be, How do cats compare to other animals, such as dogs and horses, in animal-assisted therapy? A quick chat with a librarian or your instructor before you start could save you some time.