Often finding a topic can be the most challenging part of writing a research paper, here are some ways to choose and narrow down a topic.
Too specific/ not specifc enough?
Google can be a great resource, especially when getting started. Make sure you evaluate your sources carefully and try these Tips for Effective Google Searching.
While you may be tempted to use a site like Wikipedia to get basic background information, remember that Wikipedia can be edited/altered by anyone with an account. There are many people who work very hard to keep Wikipedia articles accurate, but there are many others who go in behind them and change the information. Wikipedia is not a citable source, you need to find that same information in a reliable resource if you want to cite it.
What are some reliable sources of background information?