After completing your initial background research into your topics of choice, use what you have found so far to begin exploring ideas for your research project. This should take the form of a 250-500 word journal entry (not simply a list). What are the topics you might want to write about? Why? What "controversies" or "issues" inform your topic? What do you already know and what have you found so far (on the web). You may also want to begin outlining. Please see the “Writer’s Life” class blog for some ideas on how to precede.
C. Jason Smith, Ph.D. is Professor of English at the City University of New York-LaGuardia CC. He has published books and articles on gender in science fiction film and fantasy and is an active science and technology writer.