1. CHOOSE YOUR TOPIC.
Places to get topic ideas:
Your textbook: Scan through relevant sections.
Current events: Check out news sources to see what people are talking about.
Encyclopedias: Skim through sections on your subject area.
Talk to people: Ask your instructor, a librarian, or classmates what they think about your subject.
2. DEVELOP RESEARCH QUESTIONS.
Write down what you already know or don't know about the topic, and then use that information to develop questions to answer in your paper.
3. KEY TERMS:
Make a list of key terminology for your topic.
Scan encyclopedia and wikipedia articles
Look through your textbook
Talk with friends or a librarian about key terms for your topic