You may have been given a topic for your assignment. If not, you will need to select a topic that interests you within the assignment parameters. Examine your assignment and fully understand what you are being asked to do.
Examples of some things to be familiar with:
How many sources are required?
Example: 3 journal articles, 2 books
Where can these sources come from?
Example: books, databases, websites, videos
Do the sources need to be scholarly?
Example: Do they need to come from journals or can they be from popular sources like magazines or newspapers
If you have not been given a topic, you will need to select one that interests you within the assignment parameters. The library databases can be helpful with generating topic ideas.
Opposing Viewpoints will contain topic overviews, pro/con articles from books, academic journals and much more. You can view different topics on the Browse Issues Page.
CQ Researcher reports on current and controversial issues with complete summaries, pros and cons, bibliographies and more. Topics can be viewed on the Browse Sections By Topic Page.
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View this brief video about topic selection and the recursive research process.