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Choosing a topic is an important part of your research paper. The resources on this page point you to the hot-button issues that have many sides to argue. Check out some of our favorite new books or browse the databases and websites below to get a thorough understanding of the issues. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What interests me?
- What am I passionate or excited about?
- What could I talk about for hours?
- What do I want to learn more about or understand better?
- What would I like to change about the world?
- What are some problems that need solutions?
- What are the issues in my career field?
Find Background Information
Get an overview of your topic before you begin your research. Start with Credo Reference, a collection of over 800 online dictionaries, encyclopedias, and more.
Find Topic Ideas Online
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Pro/con viewpoint essays and topic overviews on hot social issues. Link to articles, reference entries, and primary sources supporting each argument.
CQ Researcher Plus Archive
In-depth coverage of significant current issues. Reports are written by experienced journalists and are professionally fact-checked. Thorough overview of topics with links to more resources.
Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which researches controversial issues, providing a summary, pros, and cons for each.
"Ideas worth spreading." Talks are a maximum of 18 minutes and are delivered in an engaging storytelling manner, addressing a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture.
Pew Research Center
Information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The center conducts public opinion polling, demographic studies, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. It does not take positions on policy issues.