Developing a Research Topic

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  1. identify some goals to keep in mind as you choose a topic,
  2. choose an approach to further develop, broaden or narrow your topic,
  3. search for resources to get you started.



Research Process Overview:


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Goals of Choosing a Topic:


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Broadening and Narrowing your Topic:


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Helpful Resources:


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Further Resources:


For further information on this topic:

The Learning Portal by College Libraries Ontario. The Writing Hub – Choose a Topic.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). Invention: Starting the Writing Process.

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Further Questions?




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