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Choose a topic that interests you and will hold your attention. If you do, the research will be more enjoyable!
Can’t think of a topic to research?
- Scan your textbook.
- Peruse current magazines and newspapers.
- Browse encyclopedias.
- Look at the "hot topic" databases listed on this page.
- Discuss topics with your instructor, a librarian or a classmate.
The 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 instructor.
Hot Topic/News Databases
Factiva News Pages
Top page includes headlines from several top US news sources. Use the drop down box in the upper left to change to news about a specific country (some by no means all, and the news is in the language of that country), specific industries, or organizations such as the European Union (EU).
Best source of local, regional, national, and international news.
Today's Front Pages
Shows the top pages for today of over 800 papers from around the world. Clicking on one shows the full page and a link to the paper's web site.