Choosing Your Topic
Exploring Your Topic
I still can't decide on a topic!
Here are some more questions to ask yourself to help you get started.
Do I want a broad overview of my topic?
Dictionaries and encyclopedias provide concise surveys of ideas, events, historical figures, and other topics.
Will my presentation be more effective if it includes photographs?
Do I need numbers - data, statistics, or polls - to back up my thesis?
The Library provides access to Data and Statistics and has a Social Science Statistics subject guide. Check out the statistics portal, Statista. For more tips and information on go to our Research Subject Guide on Data & Statistics.
Scholar OneSearch is a combined library catalog and article search tool, check Research Guides by Subject. for selected interdisciplinary databases, including Academic Search Complete and JSTOR. For more tips and information on go to our Research Subject Guide on ScholarOneSearch
Do I need late breaking news on my topic?
Do I need a primary source - eyewitness account, original document? (What is a primary source?)
You may wish to visit the University Archives or consult a staff member at the Research Assistance Desk.
Will I show a DVD, streaming video, or video in my class presentation? Will I create my own presentation?