What Will You Research and Write About?

Often your instructor will assign a topic, but if not, you can get ideas for interesting topics from many sources such as:

Once you have decided on a broad topic, your next step will be to explore your topic to identify specific issues you want to learn more about. A good beginning for this exploration is to gather background information about the topic.

What sorts of background questions will you need to answer? Here's an example of a topic that we will follow throughout this tutorial.

Example: I want to write about endangered species.

Some questions I might want to answer are:

Although these may not be the best or only questions for this topic, they are the sort of questions one would want to start thinking about. How will the answers be found?