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SPHS Research Help: Choosing a Topic

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If your assignment gives you the freedom to pick a topic for research, well, that can be both awesome and terrifying. On one hand, there are endless possibilities to explore; that is awesome. On the other hand, how can you decide on just one thing; that is terrifying.

Picking your own topic doesn't have to be scary, though. Brainstorming is a great way to get some ideas for a topic. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have a strong opinion on a current social or political controversy?
  • Did you read or see a news story recently that has interested you?
  • Do you have a personal issue, problem or interest that you would like to know more about?
  • Is there an aspect of one of your classes that you would like to learn more about?


Pick a topic that interests you. You are going to live with this topic for weeks while you research, read, and write your assignment. Choose something that will hold your interest and that you might even be excited about. Your attitude towards your topic will come across in your writing or presentation!


Stuck on what to research? Check out these great resources for oodles of ideas:

Maybe you want to pick a pro/con topic but can't decide on exactly what? The Learning Commons has your back! Check these out:

You can also search local, U.S., and world newspapers for ideas. Check these out: