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SOCL 209: Social Research Methods (Dupont) Fall 2021

Choosing/Refining a Research Topic and Choosing Keywords

When choosing a topic, remember to keep it simple and doable.  Choose something that you care about or have some connection to or interest in.  Also keep in mind that you'll need to find sufficient peer-reviewed articles on your topic.  

If you are stuck trying to decide on a topic for your paper, the websites to the right and the ideas below might help:

  1. Scan newspaper headlines 
  2. Browse chapter titles in your textbook
  3. Check out what's trending 
  4. Use the "Browse Issues" section in the Opposing Viewpoints Database
  5. Browse an encyclopedia such as Britannica Academic Edition


One place to start is by browsing through the Library of Congress Subject Headings.  You might consider starting with a search on college student to get some ideas.

You can also try the resources below.