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MSF English 098: Types of Sources for Research

Sandra Borman

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?