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Getting Started | Research Tips | Building Your Website | Intellectual Property

Finding a Topic

  • The first place to go for project ideas is the list of Suggested Topics on this site.

  • A second source of ideas is past student web projects. To see some really fine examples of what can be accomplished with a web project, visit El Museo Latino .

  • Another source of inspiration is the world wide web. You'll often find that reading through someone else's work will spark your own interest in topics that might not have occurred to you otherwise. While you won't want to duplicate another website, you might well stumble upon an intriguing sub-topic that deserves a project of its own.
  • A third way of brainstorming ideas is to look over the course syllabus and think about our readings and discussions to date. What ideas and questions particularly interest you? What puzzles you? What issues and problems pique your curiosity? Which claims need more explanation and support? Often, finding the right topic is a matter of asking the right questions. OWL, the Online Writing Lab is a great resource for helping you through this process.
  • Once you've found a topic you're interested in, it's time to focus it to a manageable scope.

Go on to Building a Bibliography

(Most of the information in these link has been brought to you courtesy of Professor David Porter, who developed a number of website production resources for his course on 18th century England. If you'd like to take a look at some really exciting examples of what you can do with this project check out his class website, Eighteenth Century England.)

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