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English Composition EN104: How do I start my paper?

Choosing a Topic

A good topic for an argumentative essay has several characteristics:

  • Reasonable people can disagree about it.
  • You can find good sources about it. If your topic is very narrow, research can be difficult.
  • You find it interesting. If you think your topic is boring now, just wait until you've finishing researching and writing about it!

For more on selecting a topic, view out Introduction to Library Research guide and our list of helpful Encyclopedias.

Developing a Research Question

Complete the below tutorial to define research questions and learn how to develop them:

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