Step 2: Select and Focus Topic

Selecting and Focusing a Topic for Your Paper

  • Have you been assigned a topic for your paper or can you choose your own?
  • If you can choose your own topic, think about what interests you. Do you have an interest in a current social or political problem? Did you read something recently online or in a newspaper that made you curious and want to find out more?
  • For more help with choosing a topic, see Selecting a Research Topic Once you have selected your topic, you may need to narrow or broaden the topic slightly, to meet the scope of the paper.
  • For more information see How to Narrow or Broaden Your Topic