Identifying a topic to research is the first step in the research process. But settling on a subject for your research paper can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few helpful tips.
Brainstorming for Ideas
If you are assigned a Pro and Con paper this resource provides in-depth analysis on controversial or debatable issues covering a wide range of topics. CQ Researcher contains scholarly and popular references, including photos, graphs, a "pro-con" section, and historical background on a topic.
While this resource is not recommended by your professor, it does provide some basic reference to a topic, giving you definitions, historical background, names, dates, and more. Once you’ve gathered some basic information and ideas you’ll want to search for credible scholarly materials.