Brainstorm topic ideas with these questions:
When you have a few ideas, search for background information.
Keep track of important keywords that you discover while researching your topic!
This one-minute video by Laidlaw College Library (2010) shows how to brainstorm for keywords about a research question.
Scholarly subject encyclopedias provide background information about specific topics. Entries or articles, written by scholars or subject experts, include bibliographies or suggested readings that will lead to more information on your topic.
You can use subject encyclopedias to identify keywords for your research in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
To access dictionaries, select this link to the Dictionaries web page that includes the New American Oxford Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary.
First and foremost, talk to your instructor! They understand your assignment and can provide great advice about your topic.
The following resources are also useful for exploring your topic: