There are many ways to generate a good research topic. It helps if you are writing about a topic that interests you. Here are some ways to think about a topic:
A rhetorical précis analyzes the content (the what) and the delivery (the how) of a specific item of spoken or written discourse. See Margaret Woodworth's article The Rhetorical Précis for more details on this method of summarizing a work's content. Your instructor may ask you to analyze a scholarly journal article using this method. Your analysis should answer these questions:
Components of a rhetorical analysis include:
Annotated Bibliographies are often part of a research assignment. What is an annotated bibliography?
Use bibliographies you find in books and articles to help you find other sources. See How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography for further tips.
Your instructor may ask you to write an argumentative essay supported by library resources, such as scholarly books and articles. In your thesis you must make a claim that is supported by your research. See the Critical Thinking and Argument chapter of The Everday Writer for details. Here are some important parts of an argumentative essay: