Choosing an essay topic

Pick a research topic:

  • Read your syllabus (assignment instructions).
  • Pick a topic that interests you and meets the assignment instructions.
  • Narrow or broaden the scope of your topic so that it is "doable."

What's scope? Scope refers to the "people, places and things" or "who, what, when and where" that you are studying.

Explore this guides to learn more about choosing a topic  and how to write an outline for your essay.  

Identify key concepts:
Define and get an overview of your topic or find definitions of key terms and concepts:

Tips for searching newspaper databases.

Think Tanks - can give an appreciation of government action or inaction in an area, they are research institutes which perform research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology, and culture.

Content last reviewed: August 18, 2020