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Current & Controversial Issues: Topics

Choosing a Topic

The resources on this guide are great for helping you choose a topic. Watch a video about using this guide. 

Choosing a Topic -- Looking for Ideas

Specialized databases and websites explain issues within broader contexts and from differing viewpoints. This helps with understanding the "big picture" and can often help with forming ideas for narrowing topics.

Choosing a Topic Related to a Career Field or Major

Some suggestions about how to identify a problem, challenge, or controversial issue related to a career field.

1. Browse the website of a professional organization, focusing on headings such as news, issues, publications, advocacy, etc. To identify a relevant professional organization, search Google (for example, interior design professional organizations).

2. Explore topics by browsing peer reviewed journals in a particular discipline

3. Brainstorm ways that a given career field intersects with or interacts with society; for example, computer scientists and the privacy implications of big data analysis. Resources such as Opposing Viewpoints and CQ Researcher offer broad categories for their topics/issues list that can be helpful for this approach.

Choosing a Topic with Opposing Viewpoints

Length: 01:30. Search Opposing ViewpointsOr view more videos on this resource here.

Picking Your Topic the RIGHT Way

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