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Choosing a Topic

This guide will help you select a topic and broaden or narrow your topic.

Getting Ideas

There are many places where you can get ideas on topics such as databases, websites, and books. This page provides links to some of those places. 

Books

Databases

CQ Researcher
Good database for current issues. Scroll over Browse Topics.

Opposing Viewpoints
Good database for controversial issues. Click on Browse Issues for a list.

Note: To use these databases from off campus, you have to log in with your MEID.

Websites

ProCon.org - Pros and cons of controversial issues.

Almanac of Policy Issues

IDEA (the International Debate Education Association) - Click on Debatabase and browse by theme.

Idea Generator (Old Dominion University Libraries) - Select a discipline and click to view the suggestions.

Paper Topics
(California State Univeristy Long Beach)

Public Agenda Discussion Starters - Good source for contemporary public issues. 

Research Paper Topics (Rio Hondo College)