Browse for Topic Ideas in Holman Library's current issues databases.
Return to these databases to gather background information and to get a sense of the range of positions taken on an issue.
Search for ideas from a starting keyword. For example, if I search in Opposing Viewpoints for the keyword "work," I could go to that page to look over ideas. I also get ideas from the list of suggested topics when I type in "work." The image below shows that they suggest, for example, "women in the workplace." (click on images to enlarge)
Look over the broad topic areas on the homepage. This example illustrates the homepage for Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Note that work topics could fall within the category of business and economics.
The image below shows just some of the 141 Topic Pages under Business & Economy, many of which sound interesting and relevant. Click on an issue for a topic page with resources covering a wide range of issues on the topic.
Step 1: Browse by general Topics and scroll through list of reports. The image below shows reports on the topic of "Employment and Labor."
Reference, or Subject Encyclopedias, are a good place to:
Once you start to learn about your topic, you will use reference sources to get informed about the basics.
(for example, unions or gig economy)
Skim through a relevant-looking article for ideas on how to narrow and focus. The excerpt below is from an article on labor unions in the Encyclopedia of Business and Finance. Possible subtopics include unions and negotiations or unions and collective bargaining.
Look for Ideas & Arguments in Holman Library Current Issues Databases and in the News.
In Gale In Context Databases (Opposing Viewpoints, Global Viewpoints, and Environmental Issues) explore VIEWPOINT essays for topic ideas from a range of perspectives.
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In CQ Research look for the Pro/ Con section for a mini debate on an issue central to that report.
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Type an idea into a web browser and without opening any links, scroll through the results list for ideas you might explore.
The following websites are also a good place to get a sense of some current work and labor issues. This is just a sampling of what's out there.
There are so many work-themed topics to choose from! Here is just a sampling of ideas: