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Understand Your Assignment

Before choosing a topic, you need to make sure you understand your assignment. The assignment requirements will help you determine an appropriate topic. Pay attention to things such as:

  • Paper length
    • a short paper will require a focused idea, and a longer paper a broader one.
  • Due date(s)
    • make sure you give yourself ample time to explore sources and modify your topic
  • Required source types
    • keep in mind the information cycle - scholarly sources take longer to publish, so topics focused on specific recent events can be problematic.