Term Paper Topics
How can I begin my research, when will I start writing, and how can I make use of these term paper themes?
After choosing a subject matter, get full understanding of the topic and read repeatedly the vital points of the content. For extra knowledge check the footnotes. Try to search out that if same articles of other authors are present? Read out the articles of other authors to get new knowledge from them but try to avoid plagiarism. To get more knowledge about searching of a particular data, check the Bibliographic and Research guidelines on this site. When you get satisfied about your material, you can start writing your thesis. Add some particular cases and examples in favor of your thesis and investigate them systematically. You should also consider the notes which you wrote during research or in class and find whether they support the basic principles.
Sometimes you have a predefined topic in your mind but you may have confusion in selection of thesis topic In any case, you can get help from this four-step guide, collect the background data, concentrate on the main aim of your topic and write a thesis statement.
Ponder on the following questions. It is better to write some reactions in your notebook. Do not forget the limitations of the thesis. You should get information about the background of the topic and make questions about the main theme of the topic.
Find Background Information
When choosing a topic for the assignment, go through the list and choose those topics that occur as having the most prospects for you, keeping your audience in regard and be careful to eliminate the unsuitable ones.
In order to choose your topic from the extensive range, search some general background information about the chosen subject.
- Encyclopedias are the best source for background information and the Library has a wide range available from the general ones (Encyclopedia Britannica) to more specific ones (Concise Encyclopedia of Foods and Nutrition)
Write down interesting facts or points from the encyclopedia and look for answers to general questions on your topic, while also taking account of the source (s) of the information to be used in the bibliography.
Narrow Your Topic
To further narrow down your general topic, study the questions on your topic and then gather ideas on the specific aspects of it.
Following is a list of general questions on any topic (example: Coffee)
- Effect on the world economy
- How it works in the body
- Process (from start to end)
Then go through the above list while keeping the following criteria in mind and narrow your choice to one or two topics, then write it down as a topic statement:
- Define your target audience, and which of the narrower topics will hold your and your audience’s attention while being clearly understood too.
- Choose that topic which will match the particulars of the assignment and which would be appropriate according to the style, example: descriptive, argumentative or narrative.
- Can the topic be narrowed down more?
- Choose that topic which you would be comfortable doing further research on and which interests you.
Write a Topic Statement
A topic statement introduces your assignment’s topic and purpose to the reader. In order to keep focused, remember the topic statement when starting your research.
Example of a topic statement (Topic: Coffee)
A reasonable intake of coffee is favorable. I will convince the audience by addressing the health concerns, both physical and mental, of coffee intake and the downside of excess coffee intake. The administration of caffeine by the human body will be a part of background information.