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Research 101: A Self-Guided Tutorial

Research Smarter

5 - Topic

Identify Potential Ideas 

Let’s say your assignment is to research an environmental issue. This is a broad starting point, which is a normal first step.

One way to customize your topic is to consider how different disciplines approach the same topic in different ways. For example, here's how your broad topic of “environmental issues" might be approached from different perspectives.

See examples from broad disciplines below.

Customize Topic by discipline: Social Sciences - Economics of Using Wind to produce energy in the U.S. ; Sciences - Impact of climate change on the habitat of desert animals in Arizona ; Arts & Humanities - Analysis of the Rhetoric of Environmental Protest Literature