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ENG 111: Choosing a Topic

Focusing Your Topic

Focus your topic by asking yourself the following questions: 

WHO does your topic focus on (population or group)?

WHAT are the subtopics?

WHEN is the time period you're focusing on (this year, last five years)?

WHERE is the geographic location your topic deals with (e.g. United States, universities, small towns)?

WHY is this topic important to you, the field or your class?


The following databases are great places to get topic ideas, or learn more about a subject of interest. While they do not provide scholarly content, they include detailed essays covering hot topics currently trending in the news.