Topics are "hot" because they're being talked about! You can browse for them anywhere people share and talk about ideas, like social media and news outlets. Some of our library resources also highlight controversial issues, current events, and trending topics. Try the sources below to start browsing topic ideas:
As you browse for topics, don't be afraid to click into and skim articles whose titles interest you. Pick a topic that you find interesting! You'll be working with it for awhile, so you might as well pick something you'll enjoy learning more about.
Read a few articles on your topic. They could be from the place you were browsing, news articles you find through Google, a library reference database such as Britannica Academic, or even a Wikipedia article.
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You want to get a bigger picture of the issues around your topic. For example, if I'm broadly interested in concussions in football, a quick search in different places shows more specific and related issues.
|Source||Search Results / Article||Topics|
|search on football concussions filtered to news||youth league, high school, and college football; new helmet technology; testing for concussions (see screenshot below)|
|Britannica Academic (library database)||search on concussions and football ⇒ "chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)" article||other sports where CTE is an issue (e.g. ice hockey, baseball, boxing, soccer, wrestling)|
|Wikipedia||"Concussions in American football" article||concussion prevention, litigation against the NFL, efforts for improving recovery from concussions|
Based on the background research you've just done, narrow in on a more specific topic. Your project will be much more manageable if you focus on one piece of the larger topic. Here are some examples of narrower takes on my football concussions topic:
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Here is a list of new reports on hot topics from the database CQ Researcher.