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Your Research Assignment - Define the Task
Before selecting a topic or starting your research, make sure you understand your assignment. Consider:
Have you been assigned a topic or can you pick your own?
How many pages/words do you need to write? How long is your presentation?
Do you need to include specific types of sources (e.g. scholarly journal, book, etc.)?
When is the assignment due? How much time do you have to research?
Is currency of information important?
When in doubt, consult with your teacher.
and will hold your attention. If you do, the research will be more enjoyable! Choose a topic that interests you
Can’t think of a topic to research?
Scan your textbook.
Peruse current magazines and newspapers.
Browse topics in databases listed on this page.
Discuss topics with your instructor, a librarian or a classmate.
Browse Topics in Library Databases
Browse issues and topics for ideas in these databases that are specific to a variety of subjects:
Global Issues in Context
Global perspectives on issues of international importance, current world events, and topics in the news related to these issues.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
A complete overview of today's most pressing social issues, covering the most-studied events and current information.
U.S. History in Context
A complete overview of U.S. history that covers the most-studied events, issues, and current information.
World History in Context
A complete overview of world history that covers the most-studied events, issues, and current information.
The Idea Generator
Old Dominion University has developed a list of key words and phrases for a range of topics by subject for you to explore and expand upon. Take a look!