Choosing a topic can be challenging, especially in you're new to Sociology. If you're having trouble finding a topic, Blackwell's Encyclopedia may be a good place to start your research. Blackwell's provides useful overviews from sociological perspective and entries include a bibliography (i.e., citations to related works such as articles and books).
Here are a few steps you can follow if you're having trouble choosing a topic:
- Browse the Table of Contents in Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Sociology.
- Read the entry for the topic that interests you. If after reading the entry, you are no longer interested in the topic, browse the table of contents for a new topic.
- Review the bibliography for books and articles that may be of interest.
- Search our article databases (see Find Articles), book collection (see Find Books) and other useful sources such as Google Scholar for information.
- If you're not sure whether there is enough published information on your topic, feel free to contact me.
- Your professor is the ultimate judge as to whether your research question is approrpiate for your paper. Be sure to check with your professor if you have any questions!