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Writing and Research: Choosing a Topic

This guide provides students with information and resources about writing and research.

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Using Wikipedia to Generate Topic Ideas

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Although it's generally not acceptable to cite Wikipedia as a source in your paper, it's a great tool for exploring topic ideas and gathering search terms.

Additional Resources on Choosing Topics

Selecting a Research Topic 
MIT Libraries covers the basics of selecting a research topic.

Choosing a Research Topic 
Grinnell College Library offers in-depth advice for choosing, narrowing, and/or broadening research topics.

401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing 
The New York Times features 401 ideas for research questions based on an array of contemporary issues.