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ENGL 101: Food Ethics

Picking your topic is research!

Choosing a topic is the first and most important step of any research paper.

This video from North Carolina State University helps outline this process.

Research Tip: Think of the people who would write about your topic.

Who are the voices in your proposed research topic? Think about the issue from several perspectives, such as:
  • Special Interest groups
  • Scientists/Researchers
  • Business Community
  • Legislators or Government
  • Medical Professionals etc.
A "perfect" source may be a newspaper article, online blog entry, or scientific research report depending on your information need.

Research Tip: Write down possible keywords.

Before you begin searching, think how multiple people with different perspectives talk about your topic and issue. Think of synonyms or related terms. These lists will help you avoid your own and others' research bias and provide more well-rounded results.
Example: "I want to research cruelty on chicken farms."
Other possible keywords for "chicken farms"
Other possible keywords for "cruelty"
factory farms
industry farms
chicken farms
poultry industry