The topic of your research paper may be given to you by your instructor. Or, you may need to come up with one of your own. The links to the left under Topic Ideas are good places to start. Don't forget to look at the Table of Contents in your textbook, which may also be helpful in selecting a topic.
One key to a successful paper is to choose a topic that is interesting to you. To begin, you might choose a broad topic, for instance, video games.
From this broad topic, select a narrower subtopic, for instance, violence in video games. The links under Narrowing/Broadening Your Topic can help you drill down to a more specific topic.
The links under Thesis Statement will help you establish a working thesis, which will help you decide on the type and content of your research materials.
Remember, if you have any questions about your topic selection, ask your instructor. Your instructor is the final authority on whether or not a thesis statement is appropriate for the paper he or she has assigned.