Brainstorm some topic ideas with these questions:
When you have a few ideas, search for background information.
Keep track of important keywords you come across in your research.
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.
Ask your instructor and mentor about your ideas for a topic! They understand your assignment and can provide great advice. You can Ask a Librarian to get help developing your search strategy.
The following resources are also useful for exploring your topic: