Q. How do I choose a topic for my paper?
Many times the topic of your research paper will be assigned to you by your instructor. Other times, you will be required to choose a topic and develop it on your own. The following are pieces of advice that will help you choose a topic:
1. If you can choose your own topic, choose one that interests you. It might be tempting to go with what you think would be an easy topic, but you're going to be spending a lot of time researching and writing your paper. It is much more enjoyable if you are researching something that if interesting to you.
2. Make sure your topic is specific enough. You might think keeping your topic broad will allow you to have more options, but if your topic is too broad, you'll likely get overwhelmed with the amount of research out there and how to fit all the ideas into your paper.
Example of a vague topic: Is television a bad influence on people?
More specific question: Do shows like 13 Reasons Why affect mental illness in teenagers who watch it?
3. Use the links in this FAQ to find topics that interest you!