Brainstorming: Write down any broad topics suitable for your assignment that that interest you.
Current event survey: Check a couple reputable open web sources for topics of interest suitable for your assignment. For news articles you could check Allsides and to focus on topics of debate you could check ProCon.
Check library resources: Use CQ Researcher to browse current topics suitable for your assignment.
Free associate: Write down ideas that come to you. Don't worry about grammar or punctuation at this point. If you are better at speaking than writing, try recording your ideas. You could sketch a drawing to capture any ideas you have about your topic.
Clustering/Mind mapping: Write your main idea in the center of a page, then write information about that idea around the topic. Draw lines to connect the ideas that belong together to help you refine your topic (example video).
These pages are designed to help student in ENGL101 through the process of researching for your writing assignments.
On this page you will find some tips for selecting and refining a topic, choosing effective keywords, and links to help for research (Ask a Librarian) and writing (OC Writing Center) .
The next pages will help you: