Purpose of this worksheet:  To help you determine whether or not a topic will work for your assignment.

Will this Topic Work?
 
 

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Purpose of this worksheet:  To help you determine whether or not a topic will work for your assignment.
 
 
How to use this form:
 

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Step 1.  In the box below, list a topic you think might work for your paper and that you are interested in.            http://www.myspeechclass.com/good-and-interesting-research-paper-topics.html
 
 

 
 
Step 2.  In the boxes below, write 2 good questions about this topic that you’d like to answer.
 

Question 1:
 

Question 2:
 

 
Step 3.  Use your online school library or Google Scholar for articles written in professional journals.  In the boxes below, list the author and title of 2 articles regarding each of your questions.   https://proxy.lirn.net/SaberCollege   https://scholar.google.com
 
 
 
 
Question 1

First article:
 

Second article:
 

 
 
 
Question 2

First article:
 

Second article:
 

 
 
ALERT:  If you were not able to find articles addressing your questions, choose different questions, or another topic, and start over.
 
 
Step 4.  Be sure to list at least two Databases that you used to find your articles.
 

 
Database name
Database name

Question 1
 
 

Question 2
 
 

 
ALERT:  If you were not able to find at least one additional database  addressing your questions, choose different questions, or another topic, and start over.
 
 
 
GOOD NEWS ! !
 
Now that you know you can find information addressing your questions in professional journal articles, additional online databases, and books, you know you are ready to start.
 
 
Next step:  Read one or two good articles and determine which of your questions you will focus on.
 
 
 
Are you wondering why the location of Internet sites was not in the list of steps?  We all know it’s possible to find sites regarding almost any topic on the Internet, but the information may or may not be authoritative.
 
You will probably be using Internet sites to find up-to-date statistics, charts, and/or pictures later on during the research process.
 
ALERT:  The only websites you can use must end in either .gov or .edu.