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  • Choose a topic that interests you.Even if a topic has been assigned, you may be able to choose a particular aspect of the topic that interests you personally. Use the following questions to help you generate topic ideas.
    • Do you have a strong opinion on a current social or political controversy?
    • Did you read a newspaper article, or see a TV broadcast recently that piqued your curiosity or made you angry or anxious?
    • Do you have a personal issue, problem, or interest you'd like to know more about?
    • Do you have a research paper due in a class this semester? 
    • Is there an aspect of one of your courses you are interested in learning more about?

    Print Resources

    • Niles North Catalog
      Search for books available at Niles North. If you'd also like to check the catalog at Niles West, please make sure you change the location to "Niles Township HS District 219".
    • Skokie Public Library
      Use your SPL card to reserve items you find online.
    • Worldcat
      Search for resources in surrounding public and educational libraries.


    Databases are organized collections of data. We subscribe to our databases and they require a username and password when off-site. Doing research on databases allows students to access many different types of information that in most cases have been published and checked for accuracy.


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