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ENG 111: College Composition I - Research on Health & Health Care (AL): Refine Your Topic

Topic Ideas

These online resources have information on health-related topics and can be a starting point for determining your own research topic.

Sometimes they only provide general information or news about the topic, or provide information on just one side of an argument.  Therefore, use the topics discussed as inspiration for your research topic, then do more research to determine an argument for your own research.

Write Down...

As you identify a topic and start finding information about it, write down key words and ideas you come across, including:

  • Pro/Con Reasons
  • Synonyms and related terms
  • Sub-topics
  • Names of key people
  • Names of key organizations
  • Events
  • Issues

These are your KEYWORDS. You will likely continue to find more keywords as you do your research.  You will use these terms to do more effective searches for articles and books.

Tips for Using Opposing Viewpoints

In Opposing Viewponts:

1. Type in your topic or "Browse Issues." 
2. Look for "Viewpoints" related to your topic.

These "Viewpoints" can give you ideas for how to frame your argument.

Video: Picking Your Topic Is Research

View this video from North Carolina State University to learn more about how to pick a topic: