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What do you do with a topic when you've chosen it?
- Treat your topic in an interesting way so that you can state a thesis and prove or disprove it. Take a developmental or comparative approach, not a simple descriptive approach.
- How did something change over time? For example, you might try to demonstrate that the Greeks traded with one or two places in the southern Black Sea region in very early times, and that by the fifth century B.C. they were trading with areas all around the Black Sea region.
- Compare the treatment of the topic in different countries or cultures. For example, you might compare the occurrence, diagnosis, and treatment of malaria in ancient Greece and ancient Egypt.