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How do I select a topic for research?

FAQ Categories: Research

If your topic has not been assigned to you, and you're not sure about a topic, there are several resources that can help you focus on a subject.

10,000 Ideas for Term Papers, Projects, Reports and Speeches by Kathryn Lamm is a good source for potential topics in a wide range of subject areas. A symbol is included with each topic to give you an idea about the level of research and resources required to write about it. The latest edition of this book is available at the Information/Reference Desk.

CQ Researcher is an excellent source for contemporary topics. Each issue provides an overview of the subject, chronology, issues involved, pro/con debate, and relevant resources. This is available both electronically (see our Articles & Databases page) and in paper*.

Issues & Controversies is similar to CQ Researcher, and, it is also available both electronically (see our Articles & Databases page) and in paper*.

Pro/Con Resources & Contemporary Issues: Use this linked page to browse the LMC print collection of books that address contemporary issues in a pro/con and topic overview format.

*Pro/Con-Contemporary Issues table/section:

GCC Main: this table is located between the Information Desk and the Computer Commons has books that you can check out of the library. The books contain essays that represent a various viewpoints on the topic.

GCC North: the Pro/Con section is located on the first range of tall shelves in the General Collection.

Link: Contemporary Issues & Pro/Con Collection
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