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ENG 112: Writing and Research in the Disciplines

This Research Guide provides information to help you complete discipline specific research in English 112 classes using resources from the CCCC libraries and online.

Choosing a Topic: It's Not as Hard as You Think

It Starts With an Idea...

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Choose a topic that you're interested in

Research is more fun and more relevant to your life if you care about what you're learning.

Keep it relevant

Read the assignment and make sure the topic you choose meets your instructor's requirements.

Find the question

A good topic starts as a research question.  The research you conduct in the Library will give you the information you need to answer that question.  See Library Lingo below to learn more about research questions.


Where to find ideas...

  • Class discussions or readings.
  • Conversations with family and friends about current events or topics related to your assignment.
  • Find the most talked-about current events in the news by doing a Google News Search link will open in a new window
  • Read the table of contents for a journal related to your topic.  Look for subjects that come up often. 

Library resources to help you get started

Library Lingo

Research Question: What are you trying to find out?  Your research question reflects the main idea of your paper or assignment.  It will guide every step of your research.  The research you conduct is your attempt to answer this question.  

Be aware: Your research question may change as you conduct research.  That's OK!  Opinions and arguments change as you learn more about your topic, and your research question should evolve to reflect this deeper understanding.

Picking your topic IS research

This helpful video from North Carolina State University Libraries link will open in a new windowwindow will give you some more information about how Choosing a Topic fits into the larger research process, and why it's so important!


Need a little extra help?

Contact your librarian. 

Or use the links below to get more in-depth help and information.