If you're having trouble creating a list of topics, try the following:
Choosing a Topic can present an intimidating challenge. Start by gathering the following tools:
Review the assignment description. Does your professor give you a specific topic to cover, or are you responsible for choosing the subject? Ask yourself:
Keep the assignment requirements in mind as you start to consider topics. Take the blank sheet of paper, using your textbook and other materials as a starting point, begin brainstorming topics.
Some topics are too broad to be a successful paper topic, especially if you are only writing a 5 to 8 page paper. For example, tackling a topic like Healthcare or Fashion without choosing a more specific focus will leave you with a large pile of relevant research to sort through. Let's narrow these topics by focusing on a specific area of interest.
People - Is there a particular group of people within this topic that interests you? Consider age, race, gender, political affliation, educational background, etc.
|Place - Consider geographic elements such as countries, regions, etc, or explore situational elements such as hospitals or affluent neighborhoods.||Western World||Italy|
|Time Period - Are you interested in modern or historic issues? Can you name a specific time period?||Last 500 Years||1600s|
|Point of View - There are many different ways to consider a topic. Some examples include Legal, Psychological, Historical, Religious, Political and Scientific.||Historical||Religious|
Final Topics: Western childbirth rituals in the last 500 years AND Men's religious apparel in 17th century Italy.
As you progress through the research process, you may discover a new aspect to your topic that you would like to explore or change your opinion on the topic. It's natural to adjust your topic based on your research. Allowing your research to guide you, rather than forcing your research to fit with your opinion, will lead to a much stronger paper.