Sometimes the hardest part of starting your research is choosing a topic, especially if the topic has not been assigned.
If possible, choose a topic that:
Check with your course instructor for suggestions, or consider relevant topics from other classes that have interested you.
Browse the Internet. Start with broad issues or topics (e.g., transportation) and see what interesting subtopics might exist (e.g., car-sharing, high-speed rail, bicycle lanes). Note the URLs of useful sites. See Find Websites.
Consult a related subject encyclopedia for ideas and concepts. See Find Background Information.
Browse general article databases such as Academic Search Complete. Scan the summaries of articles, and see related subject terms for possible keywords. See Find Articles.
As you explore and choose some potential topics, here are some questions to think about:
Try these tools to help you brainstorm: