Saturday, July 29, 2006

Bits of Advice for Choosing Research Paper Topics. Part I

  • It is okay to write a research paper on very specialized and technical issues, but keep in mind that your topic should involve real feelings and emotions, so that your readers can understand what you are talking about.
  • Bad research paper topics are usually too general and broad, not controversial enough, or entirely dependent on warrants and emotional beliefs.
  • Beware of topics that have not much argument in them, for instance, anorexia nervosa. Moreover, these research paper ideas have too much information available, hence, heaps of ideas repeated over and over.
  • Don’t consider topics for research papers that deal with academic and specialized arguments among experts: arguments which display very little use of ethos and pathos but a good deal of technical knowledge.
  • Avoid research paper topics, in which you are likely to get only one-sided talking because there is nothing to compare in them.

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