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New College Writing Program Library Guide: Finding Topics

Finding Topics

Some folks know what they want to research and write about. That's great. However, some folks are less sure about such decisions. If you don't have a certain topic in mind for your project, this is the place for you.

Check out the Topic Identification and Selection Tutorial below to learn more about the library's resources and how to find and refine a workable topic. 

Tools for Exploring Topics

Having trouble deciding what to write about? Try looking at the links below to get some ideas:

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center has a great list of current controversial issues.
 
Interested in current events and politics?  AllSides gathers news sources from a variety of perspectives and identifies their biases.  
 
A seemingly endless number of inspiring video talks.
 
Interested in the sciences?  See what the new discoveries and developments are in the world of science.
 
Lots of topics to explore.  Provides topic summaries and pro and con arguments.
 
Very thorough and substantial research reports on all kinds of issues.  The reports can also be used as sources in your papers.  Very reputable and reliable.
 
Again, very thorough and substantial research reports on all kinds of issues.  The reports can also be used as sources in your papers.  Very reputable and reliable.

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