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Get Topics for History Papers

Easy ways to get ideas for topics for your paper or presentation.

Can't Think of a Topic?

TipOnce you have an assignment choosing a topic is the first basic step in the research process, but sometimes you can get stumped about what topic to choose. If you're having a hard time coming up with a topic, you can actually get ideas from the databases on this page. Plus you'll already have sources available right from the database! 

Also consider

  • Make sure your topic meets the guidelines set by your instructor. The easiest way to do this is to have your assignment with you when you choose your topic. It can be helpful to highlight key requirements so you can stay focused.
  • Choose a topic that is of interest to you. You will be spending quite a bit of time doing research and writing your paper--interest in the topic can make the process much easier.
  • If there are any doubts, consult with your instructor.

Ready for Research?

 Go to COM Library's History Databases

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History Online

Go to Topic Centers to browse topics by era, or go to Topics A-Z under Browse Resources to see all topics.

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US or World History in Context

Get ideas from the home page or go to the Browse Topics page. Access from the dark grey toolbar below the World History banner. Once you've selected a topic, you'll find a variety of sources on your topic, including videos, images, news, academic journal articles, statistics, expert picks and viewpoints.

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