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It is also helpful to look at other aspects of a topic to generate a topic distinct and interesting enough to be researchable.

Look at a particular aspect... and see how your topic develops!
specific time period not just American quilt making, but American quilt making in the 18th century
location or region not just the history of slavery, but the history of slavery in Atlanta
specific person or group not just the civil rights movement, but the role of the NAACP in the 1960s
specific discipline or aspect (historical, political, sociological impact, etc) not just the New Deal, but the impact of Roosevelt’s New Deal on federal housing policy of the 1940s
particular genre, or even particular piece of work not just Adolf Hitler, but Hitler’s ideas as expressed in Mein Kampf
ask why the topic is important, particularly to your class’s field of study not just impressionism, but why should we consider impressionism an important artistic movement?
particular controversy not just English-American relations in the 18th century, but their dispute about fair taxes

Once you've brainstormed some fully developed topics, decide which one interests you most.

Many thanks to the homeworktree, who in turn used material from Briercrest College, Duke University, Harvard, Southwestern University, UCLA and the University of Toronto.