Getting started on an assignment sometimes seems like the hardest step!
(3:12) Identifying an area of interest and turning it into a workable topic that's not too broad or too narrow is part of the research process. Think of it as the "pre-search" phase. North Carolina State Univ. Libraries
Note: If your topic is about a recent event, it will be difficult to find scholarly articles and books other than for general context or background information. To learn more, see The Information Cycle video.
More help for choosing and refining a topic:
If your professor talks about primary, secondary, or tertiary information sources, but you still have questions, this video (5:52) by Credo Reference/Literati and its summary notes will help. Learn more, also, in the library's Primary Sources guide.
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