Use this checklist as you consider topics:
___ Did you review the expectations for the paper/project? Does your topic meet the expectations?
___ Is your topic interesting to you?
___ Will you be able to find enough quality sources on this topic?
___ If the paper/project requires you to write at length--let's say 5 pages--ask yourself if you can write 5 pages of quality content on your topic?
As you consider these questions, do some preliminary reading about your topic. Even brief background reading (Wikipedia/CQ Researcher/Points of View) will help you understand some of the basic concepts, terms and scope of your topic.
A keyword is a word that you commonly use to describe your subject. When you search a catalog or database, your search results are a list of books or articles that match the keywords you used. Finding the right words is the "key" to successful research!
Ways to brainstorm keywords: