Revamped by Will Ferrall
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Getting Started
In the olde days, topics were written on large arrows that were then nailed to a stationary pole.
Ways to Find a Topic
Browse through your textbook until you find something interesting.
Talk with your professor about your ideas, or ask for clarification.
Talk with friends or classmates.
Browse current issues of magazines or newspapers.
Check out the library's resources (including a Reference Librarian).
Consult the Internet.
Choose a Topic
Choosing an appropriate topic is important. If you pick a topic that is too broad (i.e. musical instruments) you will be overwhelmed with all of the information you find. However, if you pick a topic that is too narrow (i.e. triangle), you will become frustrated when you cannot find enough information. Use these hints to help you pick your topic:
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