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Tips for Picking a Topic
A good paper or project often comes from a topic that interests you. Try these suggestions:
Think about topics that are discussed in your major.
Look through the readings for this class or another one. Which do you find interesting?
Think about things you've seen on social media, the news or elsewhere. Can you turn that into a report topic?
Scan news sources for ideas (Google News or your favorite news sites)
Talk to your professor, classmates, or a librarian
Do some quick searches in Google to test out and refine any ideas you have.
Optional: Expand or Narrow Your Topic with Mind Mapping
Mind mapping is a technique to explore different angles on your topic. You can make your own mind map on paper or use a tool to create one.
Credo Reference has a mind mapping tool. Watch What is the Mind Map? (2 min) to learn how to use it. Example of a Credo mind map on electric cars: