Sometimes your topic is assigned, sometimes you need to come up with one on your own. When you are allowed to choose your topic, it is always a good idea to pick something that matters to you. Try these sources to get ideas for research papers:
10,000 Ideas for Term Papers, Projects, Reports and Speeches REF. LB 1047.3 .L35 1995 (or ask at the reference desk)
Ask yourself these questions:
Brainstorming is a great way to help pick your topic. Here is an example of how it works
Don't overlook one of your best resources - your Gallucci-Cirio Librarians! Need help getting started, developing your search strategy, focusing your topic and selecting "keywords", deciding what type of resources you need as well as how to use them? The librarians are here to assist you whether you have a home work assignment or an indepth research project to complete.