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Topic Suggestions: Welcome

A guide to topics that could be developed into research projects or speeches, arranged by subject areas or categories

Start Smart

Read your assignment carefully then ask yourself:

Do I need to choose my own topic?  A topic:

  • should interest you
  • needs to be re-searchable - has enough published information

What am I being asked to do?

  • report information
  • look at both sides of an issue
  • argue for one side
  • analyze a work
  • compare and contrast

What are the technical details?

  • due date
  • length
  • format
  • citation style

What sources can I use?

  • books
  • scholarly or peer-reviewed journals
  • primary or secondary sources
  • websites
  • personal opinions

If you have questions about your assignment consult your instructor or the Learning Center.

Read your assignment carefully a short YouTube video from the Pollak Library at Cal State Fullerton

Choosing a Topic

Watch the YouTube video below for ideas on getting started.  You could also try Choosing a Manageable Topic

Lists of Topics

Follow the tabs in this guide for lists of possible topics.  Many of these topics are broad and may have to be narrowed for an assignment. 

For example:

  • advertising could become political attack ads or tobacco ads.
  • marketing could become Internet marketing or marketing to teens
  • pollution could become acid rain and fishing industry
  • Shakespeare could become Shakespeare's influence on language today

Some topics are linked to books and articles found in Google Scholar.  Not all articles are available full-text, check the right hand column for access!