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Research Topic Starters


Welcome to the STCC Library Guide on Research Topic Starters. This guide provides resources to help you begin your research for your assignment. For additional assistance, please contact the Reference desk at 413-755-4549 or email

Help Selecting a Topic

Need help finding a topic? Use these resources to come up with some ideas:

Search Everything!

Discovery is our library's version of Google.   It searches all the STCC Library's research databases for scholarly articles covering all disciplines.  Search any topic by keyword, and not by question.   Example: "gun control."

Find a Book in the HELM Catalog

Access to print materials limited due to COVID-19 precautions

HELM Logo Search the new HELM Catalog to find books and other materials available from the STCC Library and other community college libraries.