The time you invest in selecting a topic will pay off when you are doing your research.
First, consider your personal knowledge and interest in a topic. Your natural curiousity will help you to ask questions and seek answers.
Next, do some preliminary reading about your topic to see if it holds your interest. Background reading will make further research more efficient by helping you to understand some basic concepts and terms associated with your topic.
The boxes on this page suggest some database, book and internet sources to help you both choose and narrow a topic.
Non-scholarly resources such as popular magazines, newspapers and encyclopedias can help you in finding scholarly sources. Helpful information gained from these sources can include: