This guide teaches ways to find inspiration and help in choosing a topic. You will also learn tips about the importance of analyzing your topic based on paper requirements.
Look at What You've Been Reading in Class
Are there topics from your readings that you found particularly interesting? These are probably good topics to pursue if they meet the requirements of the paper.
Look at Current Journal Articles in the Field
Reading the table of contents and abstracts from respected journals can help you find topics you may be interested in and topics on which you will likely find more articles.
Ask Your Professor
If you can't come up with anything using the above methods, try asking your professor for ideas. Professors are experts in the subjects they teach and will likely have some useful suggestions for your paper.
Contact a Librarian
We can help you choose a suitable research topic and determine whether enough information exists on it, as well as good research resources to use. Do keep in mind your instructor is the subject expert and we may refer you back to them, but will also do our best to help.
You also want to be sure your topic is suitable based on the requirements of your assignment. Think about the assignment requirements and answer these questions before choosing a topic: