You are likely an active reader - you are curious about a broad range of topics. You go down 'rabbit holes'. You talk to your friends about things you read about and you seek out expertise. These are habits that you formed over time. In my experience, students have these traits, too, but they need to direct their curiosity to college research and towards their identity as citizens in a democracy.
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:
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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