Answered By: Deborah Lee
Last Updated: Sep 08, 2015     Views: 41

There are several ways to get help choosing a topic through the MSU Libraries!  For more help on getting ideas for a topic, get one-on-one help with a librarian through a research consultation.  

If you prefer to browse through databases and collections, try the following resources:

  1. Research Guides - websites designed to help give you a better idea of the resources we have for certain topics.  You can search by subject (on the left of the screen), or you can type in a keyword in the search box.
  2. Subject Databases - if you know what subject you're interested in, but you're not sure how to narrow that subject down into a manageable paper topic, try searching in a subject-specific database.  Use the subject limiters to borrow the vocabulary of the database and try to get a manageable number of search results that isn't too large or too small.
  3. Undergraduate Research Center - if you are in a composition class and need help finding a topic to explore a number of perspectives for a current issue, the series on the Undergraduate Research Center (At Issue, Current Controversies, and Opposing Arguments) will help you brainstorm and narrow topics.  These series are on the low shelves on the second floor, next to the Computer Commons Lab (on the right when you enter the library from the drill field).

You can always Ask-a-Librarian for help with any of these resources!


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