Q. What is the process used when selecting a topic to write on?


That depends on what class you are in, which instructor you have, and what assignment you are working on. It's probably best to speak to your instructor about his or her expectations or show the assignment to a librarian so we can help you get started. Here are some general suggestions for selecting a topic for a paper:

Visit the library's website and browse the databases below:

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale) - Click Browse Issues at the top to look over some ideas. Opposing Viewpoints contains overviews of controversial topics, including arguments from all viewpoints in the debate.
  • CQ Researcher - Click Browse Topics to view the topics covered by the database which might make good research topics and select one you’re interested in to begin learning about it.

You can also:

  • Choose a topic related to your job or career.
  • Browse news headlines online to get ideas.
  • Write about your own interests or hobbies.

Thank you for using ASK US. For more information contact your campus librarians.


  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2018
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