UWRT 150 Writing Seminar (Calfo-Kalfopoulou): Topic Ideas

Last Updated: Sep 6, 2023 8:34 AM

Getting Started

Choosing a topic can be challenging.  There are different tools and techniques you can use to help yourself get started. 

Brainstorming is a great way to generate ideas. Here's some questions to ask yourself to help get you started:

  • What interests you?
  • What do you hope to study and learn about while at RIT?
  • What's going on in the world that concerns you?
  • What issue or circumstance has touched your life that you want to learn more about?
  • Who do you find fascinating?


Subject Based Journals

Browsing articles published in professional journals that explore a certain field can help you identify important issues being discussed in that discipline.


Articles about Controversial Issues

RIT's Library subscribes to two different databases that focus on controversial issues: Opposing Viewpoints and CQ Researcher.  Browsing the topics listed in either database can be an effective way to identify "hot topics" of interest.  The information in these databases include scholarly/peer reviewed articles as well as other types like magazines, viewpoint articles, newspapers, etc., that are not considered scholarly.

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