Having trouble picking a research topic? We can help...
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2013
Whenever you're given the freedom to do so, select a topic that genuinely interests you and/or is relevant to your life. Do a quick inventory:
- What makes you tick? What defines you?
- What problems affect you or someone close to you?
- What do you think the biggest problem in society is?
You'll want to consider the following issues before you select your topic:
- Will it sustain my interest?
- Does it fit the parameters of my assignment?
- Is credible information on this topic readily available?
You can get ideas for research topics from several MJC article databases and from the Web.
- Hot Topics: MJC Library
Use these brief guides to get topic ideas and help start your research with confidence
- Pathfinders: Broward College
Basic guides written by librarians at Broward College to give step-by-step starting points for research
- Issues & Controversies: Need a Research Topic?
Browse the list of research topics to find all related reports on more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture
- CQ Researcher: Browse Reports by Topic
Browse the list of reports by topic to see all the reports related to health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy in America
- Today's Science: Need a Research Topic?
Browse the list of research topics to find all related articles that explain important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology
- World News Digest: Research Topics
Browse the list of research topics to find all related articles on important topics found in World News Digest
- NewsBank: Special Reports
Updated daily, Special Reports focuses on topics of current interest, using content from sources throughout the world to provide a global perspective, current and background information, statistics, maps, images, websites, and suggested search terms
- NRDC: Issues
Authoritative reports from the National Resources Defense Council on several environmental topics. Click on the topic link on the left to read related reports
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