Choose or narrow your topic
- Choose a topic you find interesting, whenever it's possible.
- Explore! Search for background information before you commit to a topic. Look it up on the Web or in an encyclopedia to learn more about it.
- As you explore, look for subtopics within your topic. Some topics are so big that you just can't squeeze them into a single paper. For instance, instead of trying to encompass everything about global warming, you could focus on a specific phenomenon like global warming's effect on hurricane severity, or how it impacts polar bear populations.
- Don't be afraid to adjust or refocus your topic once you start researching. It happens to all of us!