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RC 1000 Research Guide

Choosing a Topic

Ensure success when doing research by having a clear idea of where you’re going (a research question and thesis statement) and what you’re trying to find (specific evidence and examples). Here are some tips:

Picking your topic IS research - video (3:10)

If you're still stuck on choosing a topic or developing a broad topic into something manageable for your project, get help from a professional! The consultants at the University Writing Center are waiting to assist you with any part of the writing process.


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Wikipedia is rarely an acceptable source to cite in a research paper. However, it can be a great source for background information about research topics  and a source for some of the research already done on certain topics.