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Monmouth College Hewes Library


Brainstorming Topic Ideas

  • What interests you? Make a list.
  • Scan your textbook for broad topic ideas.
  • Peruse current periodicals and newspapers to see what catches your eye. Periodicals are located in Hewes Library across from the coffee shop.
  • Browse print encyclopedias in Hewes Library. Use the call number list below to browse in a subject area.
  • Search digital encyclopedias for topic keywords and gather background information.
  • Look at "hot topic" databases (see examples at right) that feature articles on current events and controversial issues.
  • Discuss potential topics with your instructor, a librarian or a classmate.

Hot Topic Sources

Browse/Search these resources for inspiration
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