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Choosing the Research Topic

Choosing a topic can be challenging!  You will need to work within the guidelines of your professor's assignment but you will also want to choose a topic that reflects your interests and curiousity.  You will also need to select a research topic that is focused

There are online resources which can make this task a lot easier. These resources will also help you to determine whether enough information exists for the requirements of your assignment. 


MC Librarians

The MC Librarians are prepared to help you with your topic selection and direct you to relevant and reliable resources in the library.  When you come to the library for help, bring your assignment with you so that you can show the librarian the requirements.

Online Resources for Topic Ideas

  • CQ Researcher
    The CQ Researcher is your complete source for in-depth analysis reporting on the most current and controversial issues of the day. Coverage is from 1991 to present.
  • Credo Reference
    Credo Reference is an easy to use tool for research projects and homework. A giant online collection that searches hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations and subject specific titles as well as 200,000+ images and audio files and nearly 100 videos.
  • Idea Generator - Old Dominion University
    Struggling with ideas for an upcoming term paper, speech, or presentation? The Idea Generator at Old Dominion University can help you by starting with broad topic areas of interest and refining to topics that you can narrow.
  • The New York Times - Times Topics
    Each topic page collects all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on a vast variety of topics. This treasure trove is available without charge on articles going back to 1981.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

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