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Picking Your Topic IS Research!
Finding a Great Research Question
Get ideas for topics from an online resource, such as one of the following:
Credo Reference This link opens in a new window
Gather basic facts, terminology and background information from Credo's reference collection which includes specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries and atlases.The mind map feature can help you find keywords for your research.
Newspaper Source This link opens in a new window
Includes national, international and regional newspapers, as well as television and radio transcripts including CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, and NPR.
Our World in Data This link opens in a new window
A free, open access collection of research and data to make progress against the world’s largest problems. Our World in Data publishes interactive data visualizations and summaries of the work of a global community of scholars to provide a comprehensive perspective on global living conditions and the earth’s environment.
Britannica ProCon.org This link opens in a new window
Presents sourced pros and cons of debatable issues, as well as a host of reference information relevant to those issues, thoroughly researched and compiled.
Pew Research Center reports
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions.
Points of View Reference Center This link opens in a new window
A good starting place when researching controversial topics or writing an opinion paper. Has hundreds of topics, each with an overview, point, counterpoint and critical thinking guide.
US Newsstream This link opens in a new window
Part of ProQuest Newsstand. Local, regional, national, and international newspapers, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal. Can also be searched via ProQuest Central.
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