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SHB Information Literacy Guide: Choosing a Topic

Brainstorming

To start thinking about your research topic, Ask the 5 W Questions:

Who? Who are the important people related to your topic? College students, business people, etc.

What? Describe what you mean by your topic? Think of other words (synonyms) to describe your main point.

When? Is your topic specific to a time periods? 1960's, early 21st century, etc. Or specific to an age group? children, teenagers, young adults, etc.

Where? What is the location? United States, high school, college, etc.

Why? Why is your topic important? Why do people care?

Sources for Finding a Topic

Brainstorming

Do You Have a Good Topic?

Use this checklist as you consider topics:

___  Did you review the expectations for the paper/project?  Does your topic meet the expectations?

___  Is your topic interesting to you?

___  Will you be able to find enough quality sources on this topic?

___ If the paper/project requires you to write at length--let's say 5 pages--ask yourself if you can write 5 pages of quality content on your topic?