These databases let you browse through reports on current issues, and present different perspectives on controversial topics.
These are news publications and news databases. Often published daily or weekly, they offer the most up-to-date information on current events. General coverage research databases like EBSCO Academic Search Complete and MasterFILE Complete may also have articles you may find useful for your topic.
Check out the Research Challenge to learn about the library research process.
See the Researching Hot Topics guide for tips on researching specific topics like addiction, artificial intelligence, the environment, COVID-19, crime, social justice, social media, and local issues.
We have many other guides for specific courses and subjects.
Read your assignment carefully. Make sure the topic you are interested in fulfills the requirements. Check with your professor if you aren't sure.
Use an encyclopedia to get an overview of a topic. If you have to write a topic that you are not very familiar with, an encyclopedia can help you get a basic understanding of the topic. Be aware that your professor might not allow you to cite an encyclopedia as a source for your paper, but you can still read it to familiarize yourself with the topic.