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ENG 101: Composition (Dimock)

Start Asking Questions

Once a topic is selected, use the databases listed below to conduct some preliminary research by searching current periodicals and journals to identify:

  • what issues/concepts related to the topic do you need to understand,
  • what research has already been done,
  • what are the gaps in the research literature, and
  • how to narrow a topic.

It is often helpful to ask yourself open-ended questions such as "how," "why," or "so what." Also helpful is compiling a list of potential questions to help you narrow the topic or put a new spin on an old idea.

How to Narrow a Topic

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