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Identify a Current Event or Recent Controversy
By following the news, you may be able to think of some recent current events. However, if you have trouble identifying a current event, you may try the following for topic/current event ideas:
Narrow Your Topic
Narrowing a topic means thinking of different aspects, or angles, of the topic.
For example, for the topic ECONOMIC CRISIS you could research:
- effect on the housing market
- is the recession over?
- are we headed for another recession?
- effects on other countries
- local impact
- obama's response
- did the stimulus work?
Any of these aspects or angles could be a paper topic by itself. Or, you could choose two or three to cover as points in your paper.
EXERCISE: Write your topic in the center of a piece of paper. Draw lines radiating out from it like spokes. For each spoke, write a narrower topic that is related to the center topic. This is called a Concept Map.
Use the database Opposing Viewpoints in Context to help you narrow your topic.