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  1. Little Strokes, Fell Great Oaks!Benjamin Franklin

  2. Picking a Research Topic

  3. In picking a topic, you must consider two things. • Interest in topic • Manageable topic

  4. Pick a topic which is . . • -related to your major • related to a certain hobby • related to something you are curious about

  5. Manageable topic • You need to pick a topic which is not overwhelming. • Something you can write about and do a reasonable job in less than 10 pages typed, double spaced.

  6. Narrowing your topic • You are a criminal justice major and may be interested in the FBI. You might even have a dream about working for the FBI.

  7. But writing about the FBI is too much, too broad • So, you begin to narrow the topic • Examples: • How does the FBI use fingerprints to capture criminals • What is the FBI doing to capture serial killers • How is the FBI organized • Why was the FBI first formed

  8. Another example: • You are a music major interested in the history of the Beatles. The history of the Beatles -- too broad More specific: Why did the Beatles break up What is the Beatles most famous song How did the Beatles get together Why are the Beatles still so famous

  9. The main point is . . . . . • Narrow your topic • Narrow your topic • Narrow your topic • Narrow your topic • Narrow your topic • Narrow your topic • Narrow your topic