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ENGL 102: College English II

Getting Started

Selecting a Topic Thinking by Marek Polakovic from the Noun Project

Deciding on a topic can be one of the toughest parts of writing a research paper. The resources on this page can help start the brainstorming process. You can also look for background information in the books or article databases mentioned below.

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Gather Background Information

These databases are an excellent source for articles on all types of social and controversial issues. Different perspectives on the issue are provided with pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, biographies of social activists and reformers, court-case overviews, podcasts, primary source documents, and more.

If you're not sure about your topic, you can browse through a list of current topics and issues to help give you ideas.

Reference Databases

These reference databases can help you find facts or background information on your topic.

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