Finding Inspiration

Inspiration can come from:

  • your courses, textbooks or course readings
  • news, newspaper, movie, tv show or social media like YouTube or TikTok
  • a job or campus group you are on 
  • your family or friends
  • or an event in your life

Background research

Start with some background research to learn about important facts, keywords, people, etc. The goal of this step is to learn more about the topic and to take quick notes. Since most of what you find in this step won’t be cited, you don’t need to try to find "good quotes” or evidence. Here are some great places to start:

Image showing the Superhero article listing on Wikipedia

For example, we are interested in superheroes. Really. Let's peek at a Wikipedia article to get some ideas.