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AL 110: Writing and Civic Life

Develop your Topic

Brainstorming a strong topic for your cultural artifact paper can be one of the hardest parts of the assignment. This video has some strategies to help you develop a topic that you can research, and that will be engaging for you to write about, and your readers to read.

Searching with a Purpose (video)

Searching With A Purpose video

Do a Little Background Reading

Sometimes, it's hard to know what to write about without doing some background reading about your artifact. This will help you think about what is interesting about the artifact, and help you focus your topic. You probably won't cite your background reading directly in your paper (unless asked to by your instructor), but it's a good way to help you think about your artifact in new ways.

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