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Tips for Getting Topics for Current Events 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.

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 Go to COM Library's Current Events Databases

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Top Books & eBooks Collections

These are growing collections of eBooks that have great coverage of current and controversial issues. 

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Tips

CQ Researcher

Click on Browse Topics on the home page to see a drop down list of all the major topics covered in CQ Researcher or browse the Hot Topics list. Clicking on any topic will result in a list of all reports available on that topic.

Want more? Try How to Use CQ Researcher

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Issues & Controversies

Browse through Issues by Subject until you find one you like. You can also use the Issues A-Z list to get ideas for topics.

Want more? Try How to Use Issues & Controversies

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NewsBank

  1. Below the search box you'll find Suggested Topics.
  2. Click on a topic like Social Issues
  3. The category will open up below to show all available topics in the category. When you click on an issue like School Violence, NewsBank automatically runs a search to retreive all articles on that issue.

In Context

Get ideas from the home page or go to the Browse Topics page. Access from the dark grey toolbar below the Global Issues 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.

Want more? Try How to Use Opposing Viewpoints.

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