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Research Tips: Step 1: Getting Started

Getting Started: Topic Selection

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Selecting A Topic
- Use the link to REVIEW each of the following AREAS:  Ideas, Scope, Time & Clarity

Focusing A Topic -  Use the link to REVIEW techniques to narrow and broaden a topic


Onion Graphic Organizer - Strategic Handout for Developing In-Depth Topics

Getting Started: Practice

Language is a virus . . . William S. Burroughs

The Writing Process - Resources:

Simple Steps in the Writing Process:

1.   Create a TIMELINE to complete your paper. (Review Selecting A Topic TIME)

2.   What are 3 questions to consider about your topic? (Review Selecting A Topic CLARITY)

3.   What are 2 narrower/related topics and 2 broader/related topics? (Review Focusing A Topic)

4.   What type(s) of information do you think you'll need and why? (example:  current news, historical background, etc.)

Getting Started: Wrap Up

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