How do you decide what to write about when confronted with a research paper? You want a focused topic!
Here are some things to consider:
Here's one strategy for developing a research topic once you have a broad topic in mind:
The topic development process will help you to develop your thesis, which is essentially your proposed answer to your research question. You will then be ready to use the sources you've found, and find more sources in order to support that thesis, or to answer your research question.
Here's an example of how the topic development process above can lead you to a thesis:
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