Students often find that choosing a topic is the most difficult part of the research process, especially if they are able to choose anything at all to write about. It may be helpful to give students specific parameters for their topics, such as:
Making the topic parameters more specific may also help prevent plagiarism!
Invite the Writing Center to conduct a topic development workshop! They are fun and engaging and a great way to help students start on their papers. It's also a great way to introduce students to this important campus resource and may encourage them to seek out help from the Writing Center later.