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 Tutorial: Choosing a Good Topic

How do you decide what to write about in a research paper?

Discover a focused topic:

Here is an example of a topic that is too broad:

Original topic 'Food Safety' is narrowed to 'Impact of government regulation in the United States on food safety'

Here is an example of a topic that is too narrow:

Original topic 'History of organic labeling of pork products in the city of Portland' is broadened to 'Labeling of organic food in the United States'

Strategies for an effective research question

Resources that help with topic development:



Modified from: http://library.pdx.edu/diy/choosing-good-topic