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Choosing a Topic

Many times the topic of your research paper will be assigned to you by your instructor. Other times, you will be required to choose a topic and develop it on your own. It helps (since you are going to be working on this for some time) to choose a topic that interests you. This study guide has some sources that will help you find topic ideas.

Note: These resources will help you identify topics related to current issues and news events. The articles you retrieve may not necessarily be from peer-reviewed journals. If your instructor requires that your resources be peer reviewed, use the databases below as idea sources only.

Best Databases for Finding a Topic

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  • Citing Your Sources
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