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ENG120: Writing for College--Sickler: Topic Development Workshop

Workshop Directions

This page is intended to guide you through the process of developing your research topic and selecting sources for your Writing for College final project or paper. 

A couple of guidelines for this workshop:

  • There are 4 stages to this workshop, do them in the assigned order.
    • 1. Search for an encyclopedia article related to/about your research topic, look for ways to narrow it down.
    • 2. Search for a book or book chapter related to/about your research topic to learn more.
    • 3. Search for a scholarly article about your research topic.
    • 4. Search for a magazine or newspaper article about your topic.
  • Watch the video first, then complete the worksheet for each step.
  • Look for ways to narrow down your topic at all stages.
  • Ask for help at any stage if you need it.
  • A librarian is assigned to your class, check your course pathfinder for your librarian's email address.

Results from each worksheet can be emailed to you and will be submitted to your professor as proof of completion.  Check with your professor for a due date for this workshop.

Worksheet 1: Narrow Your Topic with Reference Books



Worksheet 2: Books/Book Chapters

Worksheet 3: Searching for Scholarly Articles





Worksheet 4: Finding & Vetting Popular Sources