The sorts of topics we can select are often dictated by various factors, such as assignment, classes, professors, or research agendas. However, even within these constraints, it is important to find topics that grab your interest.
If you have an open-ended assignment, a great place for brainstorming possible research topics is a database called CQ Researcher. This database publishes reports that provide overviews, background information, opinion pieces, and lots of references on a large collection of topics.
News: Yahoo News, CNN.com, NPR.org, and local broadcast news all cover recent events and may pique your interest for further exploration of the story.
Topics from your course: Scan your textbook and other class readings for topic ideas and suggestions.
Something happening in your life: Considering a career in politics? Hoping to start your own business? Thinking of studying abroad next year? Choose a toipc that allows you to learn about something you can apply to your daily life.
Crime and Law
Drugs and Drug Abuse
Women and Gender
Media and Communications
*This list is based on topics that the Librarians at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Undergraduate Library have noted of interest to students in the past few years.
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