This guide will assist students in finding resources for their paper on the future of the workplace. Topics on this subject can be very diverse. Students will have to conduct multiple searches to find the resources they need. If you are having difficulty finding resources for your paper, you can email the Librarian, or call the Reference Desk at 219-980-6582.
Use all of the sources below to get ideas on how to focus your topic.
The most common challenge when beginning to write a research paper is narrowing down your topic. Even if your professor gives you a specific topic to study, it will almost never be so specific that you won’t have to narrow it down at least to some degree [besides, grading fifty papers that are all on exactly the same thing is very boring!].
A topic is too broad to be managable when you find that you have too many different, and oftentimes conflicting and only remotely related, ideas about how to investigate the research problem. While you will want to start the writing process by considering a variety of different approaches to studying the problem, you will need to narrow the focus of your research at some point so don't attempt to do too much in one paper.
Here are some strategies to help focus your topic into something more manageable:
NOTE: Apply one of the above first to determine if that gives you a manageable study; combining multiple strategies risks creating the opposite problem--your topic becomes too narrowly defined and you can't locate enough research or data to support your study.
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