Thumb through the book 10,000 Ideas for Term Papers, Projects, Reports and Speeches. (Ask for this at the library reference desk)
Here are some suggestions to get you thinking about how to select and refine your research topic:
Select a topic that interests you
Review the assignment to make sure you understand all the requirements
Think about the course readings:
Browse the library collection using the appropriate Dewey Decimal number for your topic (find the number by looking in the library catalog or asking a librarian).
Use a general encyclopedia (e.g. Encyclopedia Americana) or a subject encyclopedia (e.g. Encyclopedia of Psychology, Child Development, Alternative Medicine, etc.) to view different aspects of a broad topic.
Go the SCC Library’s homepage page and browse through the topics listed under current events databases like:
What aspects of your topic interest you (historical, psychological, moral, economic, sociological, political, technical, etc.)? [e.g. economic aspects of global warming]
What time period do you want to cover? [e.g. immigration to the U.S. from 1880 to 1921]
On which geographic region or country do you want to focus? [e.g. Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt]
On what person or group do you want to focus (gender, age, ethnicity)? [e.g. alcoholism among teenagers]