Guide to Library Research
Mary Livermore Library
Unit 1: Developing a Topic

Idea Generators

Are you still stumped?  Consider consulting a topic generator, which lists words often used to describe current issues. You can use the words by themselves or combine topics. Here is just one list from a topic generator maintained by Old Dominion University:

 

Arts & Humanities

a cappella pops
Abominable Snowman (Sasquatch, Bigfoot)
Abstract Expressionism
African-Americans on the frontier
afterlife
agnosticism
aliens
amphitheaters
amusement parks
ancient cultures
ancient musical instruments
angels
animal testing, ethics of
animation
art glass
art of autobiography
Arts & Crafts movement
atonement
bagpipes
Basque language & culture
Bayeux tapestry
beatniks
bebop to hip-hop
carillons
carnivals & circuses
carousels
castrati
censorship
Chautauqua
cheating
civility in the cell phone era
cloning ethics
comic strips
concrete poetry

gargoyles
ghosts
global security
Gnostics
goddesses: strong and beautiful
Golum
Gothic cathedral
graphic novels
The Great Awakening
Guerrilla Girls
Gullah dialect
gypsies
Harlem Renaissance
heaven
Hinduism
Hip Hop culture
hippies
historic preservation
history of the tuba, piano, etc.
Holy Grail
icons
immortality
incarnation
Indigo children
Ironclads
Islam
jazz in the 21st century
Kabuki theater
karma
kinetic sculpture
kissing customs
klezmer music
labyrinth in religion
lace

opera trends
organ transplant ethics
otherkin
paganism
papacy
plagiarism
The Plague
poltergeists
post-modern architecture
pyramids
raku pottery
rap music's effect on morals
"reality" tv--realistic?
reincarnation
right to privacy
rose windows
saxophone in the symphony
Scientology
scordatura in lute music
serial music
shipwrecks
Should priests be allowed to marry?
similarity of myths across cultures
slang
slanting in journalism
snake-handling in religious practice
the soul
speakeasy
special effects in movies
Stonehenge
suicide
Sunday
symbolism
synthesizers