Choosing a topic is the first, and often the most difficult, phase of the research project.
Ask yourself and make sure you can answer:
For example, for the question: Would an assault weapons ban reduce gun violence in America?
Sample keywords are: assault weapons, gun violence, America
For example, for the question: How has global warming impacted climate change?
Sample keywords are: global warming, climate change
Synonyms are: Earth's temperature, Earth's atmosphere, environmental change, environmental crisis, greenhouse gases
This video from Douglas College Library is a great introduction to concept mapping. The video also shows how concept maps can help you refine your topic and start building your keywords for searching library resources.
You will be spending time on your research paper, so be sure to choose a topic that will sustain your interest!
You can find ideas for research topics by using the following strategies and resources:
Our Credo Reference database also has a section called Topic Pages. From the main search box, you can choose topic search and enter a term to see if a topic page exists for that subject.
Usually major events, movements, and people have topic pages. Topic pages list out other related terms and topics for subject, images, and when you scroll down the page under Suggested Resource, other databases are listed and the links take you to other entries in the databases on your topic.
Below are websites that can help you come up with a research topic and keywords.