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TCC Library: Find a topic

Library "How do I...?"

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Curiosity

The best research topics come from your interests. Choose a topic you want to know more about and then research it.

Scholarly or academic topics

If you need to use scholarly or peer-reviewed sources, you’ll find your research easier if you choose a topic popular with researchers and experts. One way to find popular topics is to browse through press releases and news items about new and interesting areas of research.

1. CQ Researcher

Get ideas by browsing topics in the CQ Researcher database. 

2. ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect shows press releases from universities, laboratories and research centers around the world. You can browse by topic, or search the site. Each press release is accompanied by a citation for the original study or conference paper.

3. Library Guides

Your subject’s research guide may have links to current research or journals that will news items about research. Use the link below to see a list of subject guides.

Current Issue or Policy Topics

Try starting with the CQ Researcher database. Each topic in this database includes a pro/con stance and argument from authoritative sources. 

Also, newspapers are an excellent source for current events. The ProQuest database contains many newspaper articles - limit your results to show only newspapers and/or look for the newspaper article symbol next to an article. 

 This symbol indicates a newspaper article in ProQuest.

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Library "How do I?" credits

The TCC Library "How do I?" guide is adapted from the Library DIY project created by Meredith Farkas, Amy Hofer, Lisa Molinelli and Kimberly Willson-St. Clair at Portland State University Library. Several Library "How Do I?" pages are adapted from pages within the Portland Community College Library "How do I" project, as well as the Oregon State University Libraries' Library DIY project.

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