One of the biggest mistakes a student can make happens right at the beginning of an assignment.
Have you read and understood your assignment? Time to choose a topic!
Choosing a topic is much harder than many students realize. Most students - new and old - choose a topic that is too large for the scope assignment.
The truth is, you don't have enough information right at the beginning to make an informed choice. Unless you are assigned a specific thesis statement or a very narrow sub-topic, chances are you will need to revise your topic after doing some initial research.
|Coffee industry||Too broad|
|Coffee industry, fair trade||Too broad|
|Coffee industry, fair trade, North Vancouver||Too narrow|
|Coffee industry, fair trade, consumer choice||Looks promising|
For the initial stages of your assignment, it's OK to have a general topic idea as long as your flexible and curious. Think of a few questions you have about the topic, and use those as a starting point to put together a search strategy.
Have you decided on a topic? Are you ready to start searching? Choose YES!