There are a lot of ways to go about choosing a topic for your research assignment. Think about what interests you in your class and meets the parameters of the assignment. Make sure to review the assignment description. Does your professor give you a specific topic to cover, or are you responsible for choosing the subject?
To begin, take out a blank sheet of paper or open a document:
If you're having trouble creating a list of topics use a database like CQ Researcher, which provides background information on many topics.
Before we start searching in the library databases, take a few minutes to consider which search terms or keywords best describe your topic.
Example: Do veterans with PTSD have better outcomes when they are given service animals?
|Soldiers (broader)||Post-traumatic stress disorder (related)||Service dogs (narrower)|
|Vietnam veterans (narrower)||Assistance animals (related)|
When you start researching in the databases, you may find that your topic is too broad or too narrow. If your topic is too broad, try getting more specific by asking yourself what group, region, time period and/or point of view you are interested in researching. If your topic is too narrow, use broader keywords to capture more results and follow where the research leads you.