Answered By: Andy Spackman
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2018     Views: 787

Sometimes choosing a topic is the hardest part of doing research. Below are a few ideas to help you find an interesting subject:

Consider Your Interests - Look into things that you have been reading about or discussing in class or with friends or consider recent events and developments in your field of study.

Find a database that relates to your field -  ABI/Inform (ProQuest) and Business Source Premier (EBSCO) are great databases to start with for business research. Search these databases by using keywords or just browsing their Topic or Thesaurus.

Browse recent newspapers - Some databases contain full text articles from top business news publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Business News, Newsweek and the Economist. Here are a few examples: Factiva - (Click News), LexisNexis Academic - (Choose Newspapers and Wires under News on the left), - ABI/INFORM (ProQuest) - Do a keyword search. When the results display, click NEWSPAPERS, or do a PUBLICATION search and type the publication you are looking for, such as Wall Street Journal.

Choose a "hot topic" from the media or Congress - Go to CQ Researcher - Gives you background information on topics being discussed in the media, such as Immigration, corporate crime, and prescription drugs prices. You could also try LexisNexis Congressional - Gives you access to hot topics being discussed in Congress (Click Political News/Hot Topics.)

Browse Popular Magazines - Recent issues of these magazines can give you ideas on current events and popular topics. ABI/INFORM (ProQuest) and Factiva index popular magazines such as Forbes, Business 2.0, Money, and Barrons. In Factiva , click News. In - ABI/INFORM (ProQuest), click publication; then write the publication name. 

For additional help, check out the MCOM 320 subject guide page by clicking here or speak with a business student librarian in room 1210 of the HBLL.



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