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5 Ways to Select a Relevant Thesis Topic

Undergrad or graduate students in general always encounter this one difficulty when it comes to developing a thesis, that is selecting a thesis topic. As there are hundreds and thousands of topics for everyone to use, but selecting the best topic is the big challenge on the picture. One has to know which particular niche is most suited for your chosen field, which shows the most interesting, and most especially which has the most vast number of resources. Let us be honest here, no matter how compelling or exceptional your topic is, if the resources are insufficient, then it is pointless to devote time and effort to the thesis.

A thesis topic is the very first thing that someone who is studying under a bachelor’s degree or doctoral program needs to come up with. At first, there are tons of topics you can think of and then it comes down to 10 to 5 and then down to only one. But unfortunately, that singular topic becomes unavailable because of a gazillion of reasons.

And so, here are a few ways to solve the problem of choosing a thesis topic:

1. Always ask for a professional help

This is not literally going to a psychiatrist or therapist as the term commonly implicates, but rather going to a respected professor or dean and ask for an interesting topic. One doesn't have to ask for a very particular topic, but just be able to get an idea on what field to take. There are seasoned professors have handled hundreds of theses and therefore have the upper hand and you can actually depend on their judgement on thesis topics.

2. Asking for help from your colleagues

It would not hurt to get concepts from your colleagues. No man is an island, as they always say, no matter how genius one is. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness and being dumb, but rather a sign of respect for their ideas and humble enough to accept that you cannot work alone forever. However, do not rely 100% of from their suggested ideas, just give enough room for reference when you need them.

3. Browse previous academic and corporate works

Now, plagiarism is out of the question. This means again, you get ideas from other people. You will be able to get a clear concepts for your thesis topic from them as they have already gone scrutiny of the people from the academe, so to speak. Previous thesis papers can also be used as an actual references or attributions for your upcoming thesis paper.

4. Search webpages and use online skills

Yes, there are hundreds or thousands of dissertation topics online provided by different academic sites and online education works, and again, the purpose is to give you a clear idea or path you would choose, and not stole them and claim them as your original work. If you would just work hard, you can find a lot of helpful information. But you have to remember not to rely 100% on the internet because there are information you see which are not actually true at all. Use your discernment when it comes to online research.

5. Visit the library (public and academic)

The library is the repository of all information. This is very first place you should visit before anything else. No one in his or her right mind would not consult the library. The old librarian knows everything that goes on in the library. Ask the librarian for all the helpful thesis papers you can use for your thesis paper.

Choosing a thesis topic can be quite challenging and it is one's obligation to make sure the topic is cohesive enough for your skills and your specialization. A thesis is an integral part of one's doctoral program. Better exert the very best effort to accomplish it on time and make it substantive and beneficial.

About the Author:

Lissie Samson is an undergrad college student majoring in Creative Writing and freelancing at She enjoys writing anything under the sun and doing both outdoor and indoor activities (hiking, travel, reading). She also do blogging on her spare time.

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