Stumped? Need a topic for your paper? Many classes require students to choose
a topic in their major for their research papers. Here are a few hints on how to
find a topic.
- If you are taking a class in your major, ask your instructor for advice. Most faculty members should be aware of significant issues in their field.
- Consult recent issues of professional journals and trade magazines in your field. You can do this three ways:
- Consult the web sites of your professional organizations. Examples of these organizations would be the American Nurses Association, the Association of Computing Machinery, or the National Education Association. Most of these sites will have an "In the News" or "Issues" section. Don't know what your professional organization is?
- Ask your favorite faculty member in your major for advice.
- Go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook and do an OOH! Search (upper right hand corner). Once you have found your profession, click on the link that says "Sources of Additional Information." At least one professional organization should be listed.