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Use this guide to learn about the research process and plan your research project.

Welcome to the Research Planning Guide

Step 2: Choose Your Topic

Now that you have carefully read and understood your assignment, you can concentrate on choosing a topic for your project. Sometimes professors will provide a list of suggested topics.

If you are given a choice, here are some suggestions:

  • Review your course materials and find a subject that intrigues you.
  • Brainstorm: give yourself 20 minutes to jot down any ideas that occur to you, then look for connections or common themes (click here for more info on brainstorming).
  • Do some preliminary research on topics of interest. A larger pool of resources will make your research easier.
  • Ask a librarian. They can guide you toward topics that will work well with resources available to DBU students.

For possible topic ideas try these databases: