Answered By: Hannah DiMeglio
Last Updated: Feb 12, 2021     Views: 18

If you would like to browse through different topics, most databases have a "Browse Topics" page. Two great databases to browse a large array of topics is CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints in Context, but there are many more, so take your time exploring. 

Your textbook can also be great place to find topic ideas!

Once you have a topic area you are interested in and want to learn more about. Type that topic into OneSearch. Narrow your results on the left side of the screen, under "Sort by". First, change the Publication Date to the last five years, and then choose scholarly and journal articles. If you have well over 15,000 results, your topic is too big. Look over titles for smaller topics within this topic area...perhaps you want to focus on a specific population, area, or related subject. Add that focused area to your search. 

Check out our Argument Questions List for pre-searched topics. If you really have trouble getting started or need help with researching or citing, please Ask a Librarian... we're here to help you!