Select a topic within the parameters set by the assignment.
Select a topic of personal interest to you. The research and writing process will be more enjoyable if you are writing about something that you find interesting.
There are a number of ways you can get ideas for a topic. Try some of the following:
Surfing the web, specifically news websites will often generate some topic ideas. Once you have a general topic in mind, then use it as a keyword and searching for it in Wikipedia. This is a fast and easy way to find information about a general topic and determine whether it is something you are interested in researching further.
Talk to your instructor, a librarian, a friend, co-worker or family member about your research project. Ask them what they think would be an interesting topic to research. A lot of useful brainstorming can be had through conversation.
If you already have some experience or comfort level with library databases then you may want to try browsing some of our databases, such as Opposing View Points or CQ Researcher.
If you are more comfortable with print material like magazines, newspapers and books, then you can also look for a topic by browsing our print collection.
*Note, that you won't necessarily be citing these resources in your final research project. You're just using them to brainstorm ideas.