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ENGL 5311: Persuasion and Argument: Selecting a Topic

Selecting a Topic

Ideas for Argumentative/Persuasive topics are everywhere!  You can find them in the news, online and of course in the library.

The number one rule when it comes to selecting a topic is to pick something you are interested in, as you will be spending a vast amount of time researching it.

Concept Mapping

Concept maps can be drawn on paper, whiteboards, or made on a computer. Creating a concept  map will help you visualize all the different angles and nuances that make up a larger topic.

Some online concept map tools:

Preliminary Research

Do some preliminary research on your topic either by using Google or a reference resouce such as Gale Virtual Reference. This will allow you to explore how much has been written about your topic.

Finding a topic

 Not interested in anything? One of the best places to look for topics is our Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale) database.  Thru Opposing Viewpoints you can browse a list of current controversial topics or search for a general topic and get ideas on more specific topics.



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