Jot down your questions and ideas about possible topics

Use your notebook to starting recording questions which interest you or ideas for possible topics. If you're researching a paper for a 20th century American history class, write down questions you wonder about:

• Why did the stock market crash in 1929?

• Who was the worst 20th century American President?

• Did the Cigarette Smoking Man from X-Files really kill JFK?

You'll end up with a list of ideas and musings, some of which are obviously ridiculous and not reasonable topics for your paper, but don't worry about that at r-

this point. Think about things which interest you and which build upon some experience or knowledge you have or build upon things you're presently learning in class.

Also see the links to Reading Techniques and Journal Writing (http://www.ipl.org/teen/aplus/linksplanning.htm#reading) for tips on how to use a journal to help you in researching and writing a paper.

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