Finding a Topic

In addition to the suggested topics, you may find an engaging relevant IT issue by browsing these sources of current information.

TechCrunch An online magazine plugged into the pulse of technology businesses.

Wired  This well established print and online magazine's strength is its coverage of how technology impacts society

TED Talk (Technology) Engaging talks by great thinkers about innovative ways technology may change the world.

WSJ.com Technology News  Login with your VSB account.

MIT Technology Review More analysis then news on information technology developments.

Pew Research Internet Project  High quality social science research on how the internet (and technology) is transforming American life.

IT Industry

It put your topic in context it may be helpful to get an industry profile. 

  Gartner
Features analyses, forecasts, and market statistics on IT products and services.
Authorized users (on and off campus) limited to current Villanova students, faculty and staff. Subscription courtesy of Villanova UNIT.

  NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's, Capital IQ)
Offers market information, company quotes, equity index information, industry information (including the S&P Industry Surveys), and economic data.

  IBISWorld
Provides access to U.S. and global industry market research reports.

  Plunkett's Infotech Industry Almanac
Check out chapter 2, major trends and chapter 3 statistics.

Casting Your Net Deep and Wide for Articles

Don't just rely on a few articles found by googling.  Expand your horizons by finding additional trade news and scholarship about your topic. 

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

Appropriate Use of Wikipedia for Business Research

Images

While the fair use exception to copyright may cover the use of images for course related projects, you ought to practice providing attribution for images used and consistently use images with creative commons licensed attached.  Creative commons copyright licenses offer standardized permissions for use.  These search engines make finding images with creative commons licenses easy:

Wikimedia Commons

Flicker Search by keyword and then limit to CC license

Advanced Google Images Use the usage rights drop-down to limit to free to use images.