When you are assigned to a write a paper and you have to choose the topic, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by ideas or even worse, have no ideas at all. Not only do the Libraries have resources for helping you find information on a topic, we can help you find a topic, too. Here are the key activities on this page:
The following sources are useful for topic ideas, overviews, background information, concepts, theories, ideas, and key references:
Full-text weekly topical reports. Focuses on topics considered newsworthy or issues of broad interest to the general public.
Includes topical overviews; essays; book chapters; primary documents; specialized encyclopedia articles, and other sources.
Includes specialized encyclopedia articles written by experts in the respective topical areas. This is a good source for background information, overviews, references, terms, and ideas for topics.
Covers newspapers and news wires across the world.
Covers newspapers, magazines, trade journals, newsletters, and television and radio transcripts focusing on business.
Access one of many subject encyclopedias available through Rutgers University Libraries. A small sample is provided in the box below.
Go to CQ Researcher and using the quick search box on the top, search using the term: plagiarism.
From your list of search results, select the article that was posted on 1/4/2013 (click on the title of the article).
Briefly review the article and the types of elements that are available such as chronology and bibliography [Hint: look at the table of contents on the left.]
Find the button "CiteNow!" and see if the citation format for your class is included.
Browse CQ Researcher to see the types of topics that are included.
Find two encyclopedia articles that provide background information about your topic and would help you get started in researching your paper.
See if there is an easy citation tool, so you can keep these citations for future use if you decide to pursue this topic.