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Political Science Research Guide: Exploring Research Topics

Selecting a Topic

Selecting a topic can be a challenge.  Remember a few things when deciding on a topic:
  • Brainstorm for ideas using personal experiences, news sources, subject guides in databases, and the reliable websites and search engines found below.
  • Choose a topic of interest to you and that you understand.
  • Make a list of keywords, synonyms or related words that best describe your topic. When reading, make sure to note legislation by name so you can use it for more accurate searching.   
  • Do a preliminary search through the government resources and library databases. Make sure there is enough information written about your topic to write your policy brief.
  • Be flexible. You may have to change your topic or refine it if you are not finding enough useful information.

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