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Modern Languages: A Research Guide

Tip

Choose a topic that interests you and will hold your attention. If you do, the research will be more enjoyable!

Topic Ideas

Having trouble finding a research topic? Here are some ideas to help you select and refine a topic:

  • Browse your course textbook and required readings for broad ideas.
  • Browse current scholarly journals and periodicals for current hot topics and issues.
  • Discuss potential topics and areas of interest with your instructor, a librarian or a classmate.

Checkout the following "hot topic" databases for current events, opposing viewpoints and controversial issues:

The Research Assignment

Before selecting a topic or starting your research, make sure you understand your assignment and its requirements. Consider the following:

  • Have you been assigned a topic or can you pick your own?
  • How many pages/words do you need to write? How long is your presentation?
  • Do you need to include specific types of sources? (e.g. scholarly journal, book, etc.)
  • When is the assignment due? How much time do you have to research?
  • Is currency of information important?

When in doubt, consult with your instructor.