Think of a subject you are interested in and would like to know more about. Based on the requirements of the assignment, brainstorm several ideas or issues that interest you. A topic that is “researchable” is typically:
- not too broad or too narrow
- focused on information which has been written about by journalists, academics, or professionals in a field of study
- interesting to you and your reader
- related to how we live or might live, what we care about, or what might be important for people to know
- presenting a complex research question which can’t be answered with a simple “yes” or “no”
Explore Library Subject Guides & Databases
As you begin to think about topics, explore the library’s Subject Guides to become familiar with various academic disciplines. Some research databases provide lists of suggested topics and sources that offer background information in various subject areas. For a list of “topic starter” databases and sample research questions, see Research Topics.