Ideas for Research Topics
If you're having difficulty coming up with an idea for your research paper, the following
resources may spark some ideas. Remember, these are just suggestions to get your brain unfrozen
-- don't limit yourself to these specific topics. Be creative and give the paper you write
your own personal spin.
Once you've decided on a specific topic, you may find additional information by searching
the UCF Library catalog for
books and various databases for articles. Some of the
databases for articles include Academic Search Premier, Infotrac OneFile, and OmniFile
Contemporary Issues Research Guide
provides some guidance for researching popular topics in the UCF Library's resources.
- Brookings Topics
(Brookings Institute) provides research articles on a wide range of topics dealing with
the United States, the world, and the economy.
CQ Researcher Plus Archive (1923- ) provides in-depth analysis
reporting on the most current and controversial issues of the day. The UCF Library also
has bound volumes from 1991+ [General Collection H35.E352] and 1955-1991 of the preceding
title, Editorial Research Reports [H35.E35; MFLM 1955-1968; Bound 1969-April
Scientific Abstracts - Discovery Guides provide a sampling of resources
on current issues (arts & humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology)
with an overview of the subject, key citations with abstracts and links to web sites.
Credo Reference Concept Map enables you to quickly find information
when you don't know exactly what to look for or want to expand your knowledge of a given
- Current Topics for Research
(Kingwood College) provides some current issues in the news today, with a brief list
of key web pages on each subject.
- Documents in the News
(Univ. of Michigan) identifies issues about government making news headlines and web
sources with additional information.
- Homework Center - Social
Issues (Multnomah County Library) provides links to meet the needs of middle
and high school students researching current social issues from multiple perspectives.
Some of the resources may be useful for college research papers as well.
- Hot Topics
on the Internet (San Diego State Univ.) includes a list of hot topics
which have resources on many controversial topics of current interest.
& Causes in the Yahoo! Directory provides a list of Internet links for
LexisNexis Congressional - Hot Bills & Hot Topics provides information
about selected bills that have received national attention. These bills are under consideration
or have been recently enacted by Congress. Also included are topics on major issues
of the day. For each hot topic, there are articles from major national and regional
- Project Vote Smart provides
information about political campaigns and ballot issues.
- Public Agenda Online provides
issue guides for many topics, including abortion, America's global role, crime, the
economy, education, the environment, the federal budget, gay rights, health care, higher
education, illegal drugs, immigration, medical research, medicare, poverty & welfare,
race, right to die, and social security.
Resources available for remote access to users with a public library card with the
Orange County Library
- Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information
on social issues. Includes viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, links to
web sites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles. [NOTE: The UCF Library has
paper copies of some titles in the Opposing Viewpoints book series,
other print series such as At Issue, Contemporary Issues, Reference
Shelf, and Taking Sides.]
- SIRS Knowledge Source is a general reference database of full-text
articles that explore social, scientific, historic, economic, political and global issues.
Looking for something else ?
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Originally prepared by: Rich
Gause, Government Documents Librarian
July 19, 2010