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This guide from the University of Northern Iowa can help you think through your options for choosing a topic.
Topic brainstorming and testing (video)
This University of Texas resource guides you from brainstorming a topic to scoping it to see if it's too broad or too narrow. The accompanying 3 minute video on picking a topic is especially good.
Background Sources: Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and more
Searchable database of several hundred subject encyclopedias and other reference works across all subject areas, but with particular strengths in the social sciences and humanities.
CQ Researcher Plus Archive
The CQ Researcher is a collection of reports covering political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy.
NUsearch: find books, articles and more
The main search tool for NU Library books and other materials, combining the library catalog with a wealth of article databases and online collections.