Ask the right questions!
Explore your topic: ask the right questions for the type of
paper or project you need.
EXAMPLE of a compare/contrast assignment: Compressed air
automobiles versus Gasoline powered cars, versus other alternative
"Green" fuel sources.
B. Journalistic questions
EXAMPLE: Who leaked sensitive information about security issues
to the congress and the press? When was the leak done, what was
their reason, and when did the administration find out? Why would
the leak have happened when it did? What was the motivation for the
leak? How will the leak affect _____'s election/re-election
chances? How will this affect the general public's attitude about
the issue and candidate(s)?
C. Common topic areas
What other topic is similar to my topic and what do I know about
EXAMPLE: Do I grasp the differences and similarities between
Commune, Community, and Europena Economic Community?
EXAMPLE: Acid Rain
EXAMPLE: Should doctors be allowed to prescribe medications
which would end a person's life?
EXAMPLE: Could the United States suffer another major stock
market crash, triggering another Great Depression?