Getting Ideas and Exploring Possibilities

There are a number of things that will help you generate ideas. You can attend an Honors College workshop on honors theses, you can talk with other students (especially in your major) who are currently writing theses, and you can read some of the earlier theses that are on file. In advanced courses in your major, you can pay attention to the nature of research done by professionals in your field. What kinds of questions do they ask? What methods or approaches do they use? Sometimes looking at the titles of conference papers or journal articles can help you see how researchers formulate questions and present arguments in your discipline. Talk with as many people as you can—from other students to your academic advisor to your favorite professors. Professors are particularly good at helping you generate ideas and evaluate possible topics.

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