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First-Year Composition

For all first-year composition classes: ENG 101, ENG 107, ENG 102, ENG 108, ENG 105.

Step One

STEP 1: IDENTIFY YOUR TOPIC

SUMMARY: Brainstorm topic ideas using the internet and library resources, then state your topic as a question. For example, if you are interested in finding out about self-esteem in teenagers, you might pose the question, "What effect does the use of Instagram have on the self-esteem of High School students?" 

Tools for Exploring Topics

Having trouble deciding what to write about? Try exploring the links below to get some ideas.

NOTE: These sites are very useful, but check with your instructor before using any information from them!  Your instructor may require only scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. 

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center has a great list of current controversial issues.
 
Lots of topics to explore.  Provides topic summaries and pro and con arguments.
 
Very thorough and substantial research reports on all kinds of issues.  The reports can also be used as sources in your papers.  Very reputable and reliable.  Look for the "Topics" link in the top toolbar.
 
Again, very thorough and substantial research reports on all kinds of issues.  The reports can also be used as sources in your papers.  Very reputable and reliable.
 
A non-profit and independent source for scholarly news about critical issues of the day.  ASU is a contributor and member of The Conversation and many ASU scholars and professors have contributed articles.  Reliable and authoritative information. 
 
Specific Subject Areas
Interested in the sciences?  See what the new discoveries and developments are in the world of science.  Includes Medicine, Health, Technology, Environment and Society.
 
A nicely organized sample of topics for browsing.  Also has a what's new in psychological research feature.
 
A long list of topics in Criminal Justice from an important CJ information source.
 
A fantastic collection of all kinds of topics that relate to public policy.
 
All kinds of social issues!
 
Touches on all kinds of social issues through an economics lens.
 
Two great sites.
 
 
A very reputable and complete source.
 
From the American Psychological Association
 
 
 
 

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