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ENGL 102 Research Guide: Narrowing Your Topic

Tips and tricks from librarians! Contains videos, tutorials, and other resources to help you write a great research paper.

Is My Topic the Right Size?

Take it from Goldilocks: your paper topic should not be too big or too small. If it's too big, you'll be writing forever. If it's too small, you won't find enough research to support your ideas. Using the 5Ws (Who, What, Where, Why, When) to form a thesis that is just right

Example Topics

Use the 5 Ws