Can you help me find a research topic?

I have a paper to write and I have to narrow my idea to a researchable topic.

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2020     Views: 167

When we receive a cry for help to find a topic, one of the first databases we suggest visiting is Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

  1. Click on the Research Databases icon on the Library homepage.
  2. Enter the name of the database in the search box at the top of the page OR select the letter of the first word of the database name from the alphabetical list (for example: select “O” for Opposing Viewpoints in Context).
  3. Select the database name link to access the database.
  4. Select the box Browse Issues to get a comprehensive list.

In addition to Opposing Viewpoints in Context, the library has other databases that break down its resources by specific issues and topics. Specifically, many of the databases published by Infobase, offer a breakdown of current developments in various subject areas. To see a list of these databases:

  1. Click on the Research Databases icon on the Library homepage.
  2. From the All Vendors / Providers dropdown menu at the top of the page, select Infobase.
  3. A list of databases will appear, including Issues and Controversies and World News Digest.

Issues and Controversies and World News Digest, in particular, explore hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.

Other suggestions include Global Issues in Context, which is formatted similarly to Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Bloomberg Markets and Homeland Security Digital Library also offer insights on current issues in their fields.

Another technique we suggest is to skim through the coverage found in specific publications. There is a direct link on the Research Databases page to Harvard Business Review. Otherwise, you can use the Publications link on the library homepage to find specific journals, such as JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), or scan titles listed by subject, and then peruse the table of contents of recent issues. This isn’t as easy as using the above mentioned databases, but it’s an option.


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