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 put your topic in context it may be helpful to get an industry profile.
Gartner Group Intraweb
Gartner is a leading information technology research provider. Gartner offers market statistics and forecasts for hardware, software, communications, IT services and semiconductors. Additionally there are reports and case studies by IT topic and by industry. Subscription courtesy of Villanova UNIT. Authorized users (on and off campus) limited to current Villanova students, faculty and staff.
NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's, Capital IQ)
Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage is a comprehensive, professional source of proprietary analysis on industry trends, corporate activities, and investments. For non-business students, the service includes a Financial Education section with tools for understanding personal finance.
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)
The most comprehensive ABI/INFORM™ database, this comprises ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals, country-and industry-focused reports.
Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Business Source Premier is a full-text, scholarly and trade article database covering a wide range of topics including management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, international business, operations management and management information systems.
Appropriate Use of Wikipedia for Business Research
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:
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.