Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
RESEARCH GUIDES ACC Home Page

Developing Research Topics: Choosing a Topic

How will you start researching?

Using a Chart to Brainstorm Topics

Using a Chart to Brainstorm Topics

Let's assume that your instructor has asked you to write about the American Civil War.

How to Brainstorm:

  1. Fill in the columns with basic information that you know about the American Civil War.
  2. Try to connect ideas from the different columns to form a topic.
  3. Write down a phrase or question that expresses the concept. Usually you can come up with several approaches.
Brainsorming Chart
Sample research questions developed from topics
  • "What was Texas' role in the military aspects of the Civil War?"
  • "How did abolitionists affect politics in the North?"
  • "How the end of slavery changed the Southern economy."

Online Databases with Topic Assistance

There are also useful databases and websites that can help you get started.


ACC Web Site || Library Web Site || GET HELP! || Search the Library
Contact Us • © Library Services, Austin Community College