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ENG 111: College Composition I - Born a Crime (AL)

Need Help?

For individual research help, schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian.

Learn More About Your Topic

Listed below are places you can go to learn more about a general topic

Things to Look for: Specifics and Arguments

Your research topic needs to be specific and arguable.  The resources listed above will help you learn more about your topic and give you ideas for how to focus your topic.

Get Specific
To make your topic more specific, here are some things to look for as you're reading.  You could focus by:

  • geographic area
  • population group
  • discipline (a few examples: education, business, health, entertainment, environment, housing)

Identify Arguments
After you have a more specific topic in mind, the resources linked above can also help you identify arguments.  Look for:

  • What do people disagree on?
    • Causes
    • Solutions

Video: Picking Your Topic Is Research

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

Country Information (from encyclopedidas and websites)

These online encyclopedias and reference sources can be used from off campus- you will be prompted to log in with your myNova username and password.  Encyclopedias are not typically used as sources in a research paper - they are for your own background information.