Start Your Research Project with Proven Tips and Tools!
What Topic Should I Research?
- Check assignment details from your professor for:
- the scope of the project
- the type of information required or suggested
- the format of the project (e.g., presentation, paper, etc.)
- Ask a librarian for topic ideas related to your interests.
- Get topic suggestions from:
- Focus your topic on a specific and manageable aspect that interests you:
- time period or geographical area
- problem, viewpoint, issue, or trend
- group affected by the topic
Where Do I Search for Information?Note:
For off-campus access
, enter the barcode number on your college ID/ library card. Or request a library card barcode number.
- Start your research with some articles from our multi-topic databases.
- Find controversial topics in these databases.
- Use digital books online and library books on the shelf to get background details on your topic.
- Get streaming video to enhance your presentation.
- Discover specialized sources with databases by subject for literature, health, business, and more.
- Locate reliable sources on the Internet with unique details for your project.
- Statistical Abstract of the United States (population, employment, business, etc. - data)
- Pew Research Center Topics (election, immigration, energy, etc. - surveys and reports)
- The Brookings Institution Research Topics (defense, technology, law, education, etc. - opinion and analysis)
- PBS NewsHour Recent Programs and Topics (health, military, social issues, etc. - news reports)
How Do I Select Sources and Organize Them?
How Do I Cite My Sources?