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How Do I Find a Research Topic?

In many cases, instructors give USAICoE students topics for their writing assignments directly. If you already know your topic prior to contacting the library the easiest and quickest way to find relevant materials is to make a research request on the library web page. By clicking on the following link (, you will go to the form. Fill it out as thoroughly as possible. Our professional staff will contact you within two business days with a list of resources on your topic. 

If your instructor has not given you a topic, another useful resource for finding topics are the research guides provided by the Military Intelligence library. Click on the Research Support button on the library home page and then select the Research Guides link. Research guides are sorted by MOS, by course, and by topic. Each guide provides a broad overview of the relevant topic and specific resources that you can use in writing about the topic.  

Finally, you can search for topics directly by going to the library’s homepage, located at using your cellphone or a computer and then using the search bar at the top. Enter a relevant topical keyword and review the results.  

If you have further questions about selecting a topic for a paper, we are happy to help. Please contact us at (520) 533-4100 or stop by the library today.