One of the early stages in the research process involves choosing, developing, and refining your research topic. There are many resources to help you brainstorm ideas.
Starting a Research Project
- Start by considering the context of your assignment.
- Explore online reference sources to get a big picture of your topic--they may help you think of more specific questions. Helpful sources to try include:
- CQ Researcher provides in-depth coverage on issues covering a wide range of topics and may include graphs, photographs, a "pro-con" section, and historical background on a topic.
- Wikipedia is a great place to start your research, but not a great place to end (anyone can edit it). Use Wikipedia to get ideas that you can then expand upon with quality, academic sources.
- The Libraries’ English 102 Guide has an exercise and some helpful tips to help you develop a topic.
Getting Help... From a Librarian
- Use our website to schedule an in-person appointment with a librarian.
- Contact us by text, IM, email, or phone.
- Feel free to drop by a library research desk (Lied’s is on the first floor) for in-person assistance!