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Picking Your Topic IS Research

Choosing a topic for your research paper can seem like a daunting task, however, it might help to keep in mind that choosing a topic IS research. You may find that your topic will narrow or expand as you go through the research process. The initial topic that you choose may end up being something completely different from what you started with - it's all a part of the research process! Watch this short video for a brief explanation on how a topic might change as a researcher works!

We've seen how a topic can evolve throughout the research process in the video above, but what happens if you can't think of a topic to begin with? Credo Reference is a great place to start if you're struggling to think of what to write about. You can access Credo by using the "Quick Links" function on the library's homepage, or you can follow this link: Credo Reference.


Often, the easiest way to workshop a topic and find key words for your research paper is to just grab a sheet of paper and start brainstorming! Here is a quick video on different brainstorming techniques:


Transcript to Brainstorming Video