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GETTING STARTED: Finding a Topic

  • Think of a topic or hobby that interests you. Can you turn it into a research paper?
    • Example: You love sports. Try one of these topics: benefits of physical fitness; how sports promotes teamwork; pay for college athletes; concussions in sports.
    • Ask a librarian or your professor if you want to brainstorm how to turn your interests into a researchable topic.
  • Have you seen an issue in the news or on social media that interests you?
  • Scan news sources (in print or online) for ideas. You can try Google News, specific newspaper websites, etc.
  • Use a topical database like Opposing Viewpoints or CQ Researcher to browse issues (see links below)

Opposing Viewpoints

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher database


Ready to search for sources on your topic? These are great starting points for doing research: