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WR121 Crumrine

Research guide for Paul Crumrine's WR121 students, who are writing a research paper exploring a specific fact, belief, cultural attitude, or event about our past.

Choosing a good research topic

Before you choose a topic to research, test it out and make sure it is a good topic to use!

Now that you've learned how to choose a good research topic, the next step is to develop a thesis.

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Differences between general, narrow, and focused topics

General
Narrow
Focused
Advertising or culture racism or sexism in advertising How advertising in the 1930’s showed women’s roles in society to be cook, housewife, supporter of husband, or nurturer of children.
The American Workplace The Labor Movement How Henry Ford and others threatened and beat up workers attempting to organize
The American Workplace The Labor Movement The UAW strike that prevented building planes in the months leading up to WWII or their strike in the 1950’s that hindered missile defense.

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