This first step in your paper may prove to be the most difficult, but here are some tips to help you:
The links below will provide extra tips on choosing topic.
Sometimes you start a term paper thinking you won't have enough to write about, but more often than not, you will find that you need to narrow down your topic. For example, let's say you want to write about French art. It is a very popular topic, but you will have to break it down into a time period, maybe a specific movement or even a specific artist. Help yourself to these tools and the concept mapping video to ask yourself the right questions so your topic becomes more focused.
After reading some background information, start grouping the nouns and ideas together to formulate a question. Let's say you want to write about French painting, and what draws you to French art is the French revolution and the political changes that happened around that time.
Ideas: France, painting, revolution
Question: The French Revolution is a very important part of French History. How did paintings of the Revolution express the political turmoil of the time?
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