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An Overview: The Research Process

The research process is complex and multilayered. This tutorial provides an overview and some practical strategies you can use.


Sometimes picking a topic can be the one of the hardest things to do. Here are some questions and sources to help you get started.

  • Do you have a strong opinion on a current social or political issue?
  • Did you see, hear, or read a news story that triggered your curiosity or desire to make a difference?
  • In your personal life, do you have an interest, hobby, or issue that you want to learn more about?
  • Do you have a research project due for a class this semester?
  • Is there specific content in a class you find particularly interesting?

Still need some inspiration? Try these sites for topic ideas covering a wide variety of issues, interests, and controversies.