Getting Started

Pick a Research topic

  • Read your syllabus and course assignment instructions carefully
  • Pick a topic that interests you and meets the criteria of the assignment
  • Need extra help? Click on Choosing an essay topic

Do an initial search on Wikipedia for background knowledge

Key References sources

Writing your research question

  • After gathering background information, one of the easiest ways to focus your topic is to frame it as a question
  • Consider what you want your reader to find out
  • Write down a preliminary statement that specifies your topic, states your ideas about this topic, and suggests the arrangement of your paper's argument
  • Make sure you refer back to your readings and choose details that support your arguments

Useful books on writing

Content last reviewed: July 28, 2020