How do I pick a topic for a research paper?
If your research paper assignment is to write an argumentative paper or pick a controversial topic, a great place to start is the Current, Controversial Topics Library Research Guide.
The first two links you see, SIRS and Opposing Viewpoints, are resources that contain mini research guides on a long list of current, controversial topics. You can browse the topics alphabetically or by subject category. Each topic guide contains hundreds of full-text articles (from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals) and full-text book chapters.