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15 January, 2014
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There is one common overarching question that many people have when faced with when writing and sort of paper including the often dreaded research paper. This question is; How do I select a topic for this paper? There are many ways in which you can ensure good topic selection for you research paper. In this article I will list some of these tips and provide guidance for selecting a good topic for your research paper.
There are several common mistakes that are made when people are selecting topics for their writing. These mistakes often cause other errors in writing including loss of focus, disorganized thoughts, boring papers, over use of quotes, and misinformation. Some of the topic selection mistakes that can lead to these problems are…
When choosing a topic for a paper then there are several things that you can do to make sure that you avoid the common topic selections mistakes. Below several topics are topics that represent the common topic selection mistakes. Alternatives topics are also provided to show how to change your topic to avoid those mistakes.
Instead of choosing a broad topic such as “Africa,” choose a more specific topic that you can thoroughly cover such as “African Ecosystems” or “Major Cultures in Africa.”
Instead of choosing a narrow topic such as “Common Foods Eaten by Inuit’s” choose a broader topic such as “Hunting Techniques of Eskimos.”
Do not under any circumstance chose a topic that you hate just because it is easier than trying to think of one that you would enjoy writing about. The exception to this is when your professor assigns you a specific topic. In this case you will have to do your best to be productive despite your lack of interest.
Finally, never select a topic that you have no prior knowledge of. It could prove very difficult for you to write a paper on this topic and if you do there is a good chance that you will end up using too many quotes. If you are not familiar with a topic you lack knowledge and experiences to add to the paper resulting in a much reduced percentage of original material.
If you closely follow the advice provided you should have to problem selecting a topic for any paper that you may compose. Surely you will be most successful in all of your future writing.
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