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Help! I Have No Idea What to Write About!

If you're having trouble coming up with a topic, think about issues that concern and affect you. This could be a local, national or international issue, or something that is personal to you. Or, you might choose a topic or issue you're not familiar with, but are interested in researching further. Be sure to run your potential topic by your professor before you start your research. 

The "Browse Issues" list in the Opposing Viewpoints database has a comprehensive list of potential topics. If you are interested in researching a global issue, try the "Browse Issues" list in the Global Issues in Context database. 


Picking Your Topic IS Research!

This video from NCSU Libraries shows how to broaden or narrow down your topic. 

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