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Finding and Exploring Your Topic

Helps you determine a reasonable topic for your paper.

Librarian Contact Information

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Angie Oehrli
2178 Shapiro Library

919 S. University Ave.

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1185

734 936-2376


One of the more difficult parts of the research process can be finding and refining a topic.  The resources in this guide are intended to help you to identify potential topics for your paper, to find resources to explain a little bit more about your topic, and then to narrow or broaden that topic to an appropriate size.

When choosing a topic, try to pick something that is of interest to you on a personal level. That will make researching your topic much more interesting!

Need Help With Your Topic? Just Ask!

Librarians can help you through the process of brainstorming, exploring, and narrowing/broadening your topic!

Stop by the reference desk on the second floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library, use our IM service Ask a Librarian, text, call or email--we will help you in any way we can.

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