You will want to pick your topic based on various factors including the assignment, course research expectations, and your professor's feedback. However, it is important to select your topic based on your personal interest too.
You should explore your interests by reading more about them. Background information can be found in:
Take a look at the "Background Sources" box on the right for suggestions.
Build on information from your background reading to come up with a topic or question.
Example: Is an individual's sense of well being tied to their satisfaction with their job?
Brainstorm a list of words to use when you search library databases and other sources (aka: your search vocabulary or keywords). Think about the words you could use in your searches to find more information on your potential topic. Use tools like a database thesaurus or subject list to come up with related terms.
Example: well being, job satisfaction, happiness, employee engagement, work fulfillment, etc.
Start noting the words (like people, places, subjects, concepts, etc.) that you will use when you do your preliminary search. It's really helpful to have this list of search terms as you continue to search for articles and other materials on your topic!
Try searching for your initial topic in one of the sources listed in the "Search Options" box on the right.
You may find that you topic is:
You will want to think about ways to focus your ideas so you can find the right mix of materials to use to build and support your topic and research thesis.
If your topic is too broad
If your topic is too narrow
Be sure to ask me or another librarian for help if you have questions about your research topic. We can help you develop strong search strategies and point you to helpful databases and online sources.
Search these databases to find articles, books, videos, and more on psychology topics.