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Tutor Zone: Writing Center

Information on Writing Assistance in the Tutor Zone as well as writing and citation resources.

Selecting a Topic

Concept Mapping: How to Start Your Term Paper Research

Topic Ideas

If you are having trouble selecting your topic for a research assignment or paper, you can get topic ideas and overviews by browsing:

  • library databases
  • web sites
  • books

The sources listed on this page can help you formulate your thesis statement.

Background Information

Reference tools can provide an overview of a subject, introduce basic concepts, summarize key issues, define terms and cite factual information.

They include encyclopedias, dictionaries & thesauri, biographical compilations, and atlases.