How can I develop a good topic?

Start developing your topic by brainstorming and considering ones covered in your course and textbooks/readings that fit the assignment and that grab your interest. Think about or create a brainstorm about what you know and don't know about your topic to identify gaps and building your knowledge base. Then do some background research on one or more of those topics to get a better understanding of more specific key concepts, people (researchers), and vocabulary that can be used to search scholarly resources. Consider what question you hope to answer with your research and apply the news reporter type questions of who, what, when, where, why and how to help you develop your topic?

Use a database like Points of View Reference Center, Opposing Viewpoints, or the Topic Finder tool in Academic OneFile to get some strong background on the discussion surrounding your topic and on terminology you can use to further focus your topic and see how ideas about your topic are interconnected. Create a concept map/mind map/bubble diagram on ideas surrounding your topic to see relationships between concepts and to create more focused questions from those concepts to further guide your research. The following link brings you to the section on choosing a topic in our library research tutorial  


  • Last Updated Feb 23, 2021
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  • Answered By Jean Linn

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