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Research Topics

Tips for Selecting Research Topics

Students often report that finding a topic is often the most difficult part of writing a paper or preparing a presentation. A suitable research topic will be one that suits the assignment requirements, the time available, or the scope of the problem to be solved.

Sources for Topic Ideas

A few suggestions on where to look for topic ideas:

World Book Reference sources such as encyclopedias can be good sources of ideas for research topics and provide excellent background information. Reference sources can be found in the Reference Collection on the First Floor and by searching the library catalog.
CQ Researcher CQ Researcher is a database with fulltext reports on current topics and controversial topics. Reports provide background information, Pro/Con views, maps and graphs, and a bibliography with additional information sources. This database can be found by selecting Research, then Articles & Journals from the library homepage.

 

Opposing Viewpoints

 

Opposing Viewpoints is a database with article on social issues which include pro/con essagys, topic overviews, primary source documents, peridical articles, and data. This database can also be found by selecting Research, then Articles & Journals from the library homepage.