- Choose an idea that interests you.
- Choose an idea that meets the requirements of the assignment.
- Choose an idea that can be researched (some interesting topics are too obscure or too recent).
- Choose an idea that is the right size for the assignment.
- Check your syllabus for both requirements and possible topics.
- For ideas, use information from your textbook essays.
- For ideas, go to one of these databases and browse by topic:
- Click on "More Research Topics" in lower left corner.
- Points of View Reference Center
- Click on "View All Topics" tab in center of page.
- Click on "Choose a Topic" in Research Guide box in upper right corner.
- CQ Researcher
- In left column click on "Browse by Topic" or "Pro/Con."
- For ideas, think about the answers to the following questions.
- What is your major? What aspects of your major interest you?
- What hobbies or special interests do you have?
- Is there topic that you think your classmates should know about?
- What topics have been in the news lately that interest you?
Browse through newspapers in the library or online to learn about current events.
- If none of the above work, checkout the following web sites.