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The Library's Controversial Topics Display includes hundreds of books on a wide variety of subjects. Many students browse this collection to find topic ideas. Each book covers controversial subjects and discusses various viewpoints.
Choosing a Topic
You've been assigned a paper in which you need to discuss a controversial topic. How will you select a subject to write about? Here are some helpful hints:
Write about something you find interesting. If you find a topic interesting, the research and writing process will be more enjoyable for you. This will come through in your paper and it'll be more enjoyable for your reader as well.
Don't pick a topic that's too broad...or too narrow. Your instrucor will probably set limitations for the length of your paper. If you pick a topic that's too general, you won't be able to adequately cover it in a few pages. If you select a topic that's too narrow, you may have trouble finding sources. This will prove frustrating for you and will make the assignment harder than it needs to be.
Make sure you understand the assignment. Your instructor may allow you to select any topic you like, or she might require you to select a specific topic within a more general concept. You may also be required to select a topic that affects the local area. Read your assignment sheet thoroughly before you begin your research.
Need more Help? Try this Idea Generator from Old Dominion University.
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