Finding a Topic

About the Module

This module walks students through the process of finding a topic for their research papers. It introduces students to the various places they can get ideas, as well as covering how they can refine their ideas and determine if their topic is “good.”

Where to get ideas for topics

Activating the Module

All currently available QEP modules will come pre-loaded into your FSEM’s Canvas course, and you will have the ability to activate the modules of your choosing. We ask that for assessment purposes, you use at least three modules from each skill area in your fall 2017 course. Everyone must use the Communication Theory module.

To activate a module, go to the Canvas home page for your FSEM and click on “Modules” in the left menu. You should see a list of all available modules (12 in total). On the right-hand side of each module and its content, a small cloud icon indicates whether or not the module and its pieces have been published. To activate a module, click on its corresponding gray cloud, and most of the content will change to a published status. Manually publish the module summary files by following the same procedure.


You can direct general questions about this module to Peter Catlin in Simpson Library at or to Leah Tams in the QEP Office at