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ENG101 : College Writing (Nadeau): Identifying a Trend

Finding Ideas for Trends

Where might you start looking for trends? 

You may identify a trend because you notice it organically in the world around you.  You may also identify trends using media, both social and traditional, coverage.  Often in-depth reporting will provide background of a trend or its development over time. 

Here are a few sites you may want to use to explore trends.  I don't recommend any of these sources above another, they are suggestions for a places to start.

Tips on Choosing a Trend

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Does the topic interest me?
  • Am I able to find proof that the trend exists?
  • Is the research pointing to conclusions different from what I surmised?
  • Am I finding enough documentation to support my claims?

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