One way to get ideas for a research topic is to browse through lists of topics in reference books and databases.
Opposing Viewpoints can be a great place to get topic ideas.
Reference sources such as specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks are good places to begin research on a topic. Articles and entries in these publications are often written by scholars in the field. Encyclopedia articles can provide:
The Library owns specialized encyclopedias and other types of reference sources in many academic disciplines, or fields of study.
Titles in the reference collection can be searched in the Cayuga Discovery Search, using a general subject area as a search term. For example:
criminology AND encyclopedia
criminal justice AND dictionary
The reference shelves can also be browsed by general subject area, using the Library of Congress system of call numbers.
Always ask a reference librarian for additional help.