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History Resources covering North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East

Selecting a Topic

Keep some things in mind when selecting a topic:

  1. Pick a topic that is of interest to you. You might as well enjoy it.
  2. Research is a process and the hardest part is often deciding what to write on, therefore...
  3. Before committing to a topic, do a preliminary search to make sure there is material available on the subject and you can complete the assignment in the time allotted.
  4. Be flexible: during the research process, you may find it necessary to broaden or narrow the topic. A well-defined question/issue/problem will need to be identified and answered for most uppper-division research papers.
  5. Avoid topics that may be sensationalist or inappropriate for college level. You may be fascinated by Vlad the Impaler but it will be difficult to identify a historical question or issue on the subject which would satisfy your professor.
  6. Make sure your topic fits the parameters of the assignment 

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