Your starting point for a research project should be the Library's reference collection. If you're looking for topic ideas, these can be among the best materials to use, but they are equally helpful even if you already have a topic in mind. These materials are designed to provide you with an introductory overview of a topic. The best reference works:
In sum, reference resources are very efficient tools to use in the early stages of research paper topic selection and topic refinement; they are practical stepping stones to the next stages of your project. They can save you time and should be consulted as you begin your work.