Get ideas from a database! Try these databases (best for hot topics, social issues, speech, current events) if you get stumped:
Once you have an assignment, choosing a topic is the first basic step in the research process. In some cases, you will be assigned a specific topic for your research paper. In other cases you will be able to complete your research on a topic of your choice. If you are able to choose your own topic, consider the following:
In Literary Reference Center you can browse a list of the most studied works.This can be handy if you are trying to choose a topic for your paper, because there are many works about which not much has been written. If you find a work listed here, you'll probably be able to find enough for your paper.
When browsing most studied works, you can browse by:
1. To get started click the Most Studied Works link in the Browse box.
2. Browse by title, genre or locale by selecting the tab and either typing in what you want, or if you are not yet sure, just scroll down the list to see what is available.
3. Once you click on your work you'll retrieve a page that has links to plot summaries, Literary criticsm, in many cases the full text classic, and more about the work.