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ENGL 1303 - Freshman Composition I

Use this guide to find information and research to complete your assignments for ENGL 1303.

Develop a Topic

This page explains the basic steps to developing a topic and provides resources to help you along the way:

  • Step 1: Select a topic
  • Step 2: Develop your topic
  • Step 3: Learn background information about your topic

Step 1: Select a Topic

First, pick a topic that interests you - a curious researcher is the best kind! Next, carefully review your assignment to make sure your topic is appropriate and fits the scope of the assignment. It's ok if your topic is broad at first.

Step 2: Develop Your Topic

After selecting a broad topic, develop it further through brainstorming: What do you already know about the topic? What do you want to know more about? What specific aspects of the topic are you interested in? Use the tools below to help guide your thinking. 

Step 3: Learn Background Information About Your Topic

Background information is an important part of developing your topic, because it helps you better understand your topic and its context, giving you basic facts and history. Sources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and reports can provide background information.

Not sure where to start? Try some of these search tools: 

Not sure when to use Wikipedia? Check out this tutorial: