Selecting a topic can be the hardest part of a research paper. As you gather additional information about your topic it may be necessary to refine or adjust your initial topic. It is important to make sure your topic meets the requirements of the assignment. Always ask your professor if you need clarification.
Questions to think about when choosing a topic:
Once you've selected your topic make sure it isn't too broad or too narrow. If it's too broad you will be overwhelmed with information. If the topic is too narrow you will have a difficult time meeting the page requirements for your research paper.
Broad topics: Terrorism, Autism, Anorexia, Legalizing Marijuana
Narrow topics: Parking issues on Kent Stark Campus, Tuition differences between KSU campuses, Football program at GlenOak High school
A good rule to follow is to be able to answer all 5 questions below about your topic. If you can answer all 5 questions, you can feel confident you are on the right path.
Here are a few good examples.
Still can't think of a topic? Try the databases listed below. They have excellent topics to browse. Each topic will have additional readings to help start your research.