Explore your subject
When you begin exploring your subject, you will want to begin by discovering background information. The VCSU Library is a great place to start to find background information (see links below).
One thing you want to keep in mind when searching for background information is that you are going to be spending a lot of time researching and writing on this topic - make sure it is a topic of interest to you!
When exploring your topic remember that what you first select is not set in stone. Your topic can flow and change as you explore new areas and find new paths.
Here are some helpful places for you to begin exploring your topic:
Refine your topic
Now that you've done some background research, it's time to narrow your topic. Remember: the shorter your final paper, the narrower your topic needs to be. Will you need to narrow or broaden your topic?
Here are a few helpful ways that you can refine your topic:
Having trouble finding sources on your topic? Your topic may be too narrow - ask yourself the following questions to begin broadening your topic: