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ENC 1101 College Composition I: Home

Professor Martinson - Informational Essay

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Selecting a Topic

As you may already have discovered this is often the hardest step in the research paper writing process. It is also a very important step. If you choose a topic that is very broad - "Poverty" - you will be overwhelmed with information and you will have difficulty organizing your ideas and findings into a manageable, cohesive paper. If you choose a topic that is very narrow - "Gifted Children Living in Poverty Benefit From Having Pet Fish" - obviously, you will have trouble finding enough sources to support your paper. Take time to focus your topic.

If you can, try to choose a topic that truly interests you. If you need some ideas, check out our libguide on Research Paper Topics. You can also view this list from Midway University: Top 100 Research Paper Topics

Check out this short video on developing a research paper topic. 

Getting Organized

Here are some guidelines for working on your assignment.

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