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Writing Resources: 2. Choosing Topics

Documents, tutorials, and links to helpful guides for every phase of the writing process

Choosing and Developing Your Topic

Choosing your topic may begin with a simple subject, like solar power or Benjamin Franklin, but development of a topic involves working on your thesis, or controlling idea.

Working on your thesis may require gathering some quick background information, and sketching a simple outline to be sure your topic will be the best match for your assignment.

Identify & Develop Your Topic

Follow the links below to videos and documents about choosing and narrowing topics:

From Topic to Thesis

Sketching a Working Outline

Outlining is an excellent way to help you develop or narrow your topic. Think about your major subtopics and thesis first!