Choosing a topic is research. Expect students to choose topics that are...
It's not a good idea to choose a topic 'out of the blue' - teach your students to start broad in research inquiries and learn about what people are arguing about. Encourage them to read encyclopedia or news articles and to ask themselves:
As they delve deeper into their topics, encourage students to use background information to identify:
Important: Early intervention with unresearchable or problematic topics is essential. A frustrated researcher begins to resent the process. Send students to the library or to the chat service at the earliest stages, or give feedback yourself if you feel comfortable.
This may be the first time students have ever used a library database and they may need to be told that they can access these databases from their dorm or from home with their EIDs. Direct them to the Choose and Develop Your Topic tab on this page:
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