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When you are assigned to a write a paper and have to choose the topic, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by ideas or completely at a loss. Thankfully, the Rutgers Libraries provide resources to help you choose and narrow your research topic.
The resources on this page will assist you in gathering background information and refining your topic.
Review "Background Information" to identify a potential topic of interest.
Complete the tutorial, "Choosing a Topic."
Watch the video, "How to Narrow Your Topic."
Complete the "Search Term Development" worksheet.
The following sources are useful to identify topics, overviews, background information, concepts, theories, ideas, and key references: