We've seen how a topic can evolve throughout the research process in the video above, but what happens if you can't think of a topic to begin with? Credo Reference is a great place to start if you're struggling to think of what to write about. You can access Credo by using the "Quick Links" function on the library's homepage, or you can follow this link: Credo Reference.
Often, the easiest way to workshop a topic and find key words for your research paper is to just grab a sheet of paper and start brainstorming! Here is a quick video on different brainstorming techniques: