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ENG 1320 College Writing II: Paper Topics & Getting Started

Paper Topic

It's okay to revise your paper topic!  Picking a good paper topic is research.

Learning More About Your Topic

Once you have selected a topic, it is helpful to find additional background information. What to look for when learning more about the topic:

  • Definitions
  • Keywords
  • Concepts
  • Events, people, and key dates
  • Facts surrounding the topic

The Research Process

Becoming Familiar with Your Topic

These databases contain articles about on current issues, trends, pro/con arguments and controversial issues.They are helpful when beginning to research a topic that you are not familiar with or if you want to know more about what both sides are saying.

CQ Researcher

In-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, economy, and global affairs.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Current social issues presented in topic pages with a variety of data on differing points of view.