Choosing a topic

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Researching a topic that interests you is best; however, you may have been assigned a topic by an instructor. 

If you are clueless about what to pick, you may want to look at CQ Researcher or Opposing Viewpoints, both of which can be accessed from the Databases link on the library's homepage, to give you ideas of what topics have been covered recently.  Both of these sources are especially good for controversial subjects about which people have formed a variety of opinions.

You may have an information need that is not related to an actual assignment, too.  What if you received a message from your aunt that said, "I'm bringing the twins to San Diego for a second opinion.  The doctor here says they have __________."  Fill in the blank.  If she tells you that your cousins have cystic fibrosis, you might like to find out if it is contagious before they arrive.

Other "practical" information needs include getting help in deciding what kind of car (or camera, or barbecue, or whatever) to purchase.  There are a lot of consumer information books, articles and websites you can find that will give you ideas of what to look for (and compare) when you are hoping to find high quality at a low price.  Good luck!  Don't believe everything that is written about a product by its producer--you need to find a less biased opinion than theirs.

All the rest of your life, when you are CURIOUS about any person, place or thing, you can use your information-seeking skills to find answers to your questions.  Grossmont's librarians will be glad to help and guide you.

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