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Selecting Topics: Finding the Right Topic

A guide to sources that can assist you in finding a topic for your research paper, essay, speech or other projects.

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1. Select Your Topic. Its okay to browse!

Selecting a topic for your research paper or speech is one of the most difficult steps in the research process.  Consider using these Library databases to help you find a topic that interests you.

2. Define the Issue

Define the issue and identify your main concepts and keywords.
Brainstorm a list of synonyms, related words and phrases for your topic.

3. Broaden Your Knowledge

Learn more about your topic. Use these resources for background knowledge:

Books about the Research Process

Click on Advanced Search and select: Subject. You will find books like the one listed below that can help you with your research and writing.

Subject examples:

Report writing - Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Research - Handbooks, manuals, etc.