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How to Choose a Research Topic

Companion guide to the Library 101: "How-To Library" Beginner Research Series. This guide will give tips on choosing a research topic and developing key terms.

Top Databases

Gale Virtual Reference Library's Topic Finder and Gale's Opposing Viewpoints in Context databases are helpful resources. They can help you choose, narrow down, and get information on your topic through the Topic Finder and Overview functions.

From the landing page you can go to Topic Finder to search topics you're interested in related to your assignment.

Screenshot of Gale Virtual Reference Library's landing page.

Once you're in the Topic Finder, type in your term and it will make suggestions for how you can narrow it down or expand as needed.


Opposing Viewpoints in Context provides users overview information on current issues and in-depth articles, videos, news, and other resources.

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Are you comfortable with finding a topic and developing a thesis statement? [Feel free to make a research appointment with us!]
Yes, I am comfortable.: 3 votes (30%)
No, I need more help.: 5 votes (50%)
I am unsure.: 2 votes (20%)
Total Votes: 10