Before you choose a topic, there's a few steps you should take:
- Determine what the time limit is for your assignment is. Are you hearing about it at the start of the semester, or midway through? Or have you procrastinated? (We hope not!)
- How much information do you need? How many sources are required?
- How current does it need to be? This will vary depending on your subject. For example, if you're doing a paper about Milton's Paradise Lost, your sources can be older. But if you're writing a paper on a science topic, such as exoplanets (planets beyond our solar system), the most current information is a must, since new discoveries are frequently made.
- What type of material do you need? Statistical? Biographical? Primary sources? Scholarly (a.k.a. peer-reviewed)?