The first source of research paper topic ideas should always come from your academic faculty. Usually the head of your course will provide a list of research paper topics and you will be required to pick one which you are interested in.
Some universities do allow students to suggest research topic ideas but it will not be a completely free choice. The Head of Faculty will need to be convinced that your ideas are relevant to the course and there is a suitably qualified tutor to supervise. This can rule out many topic ideas.
When choosing your research paper topic ideas, go online. Finding information on research paper ideas from the internet is relatively easy given the search capabilities now available. The more information available the easier it may appear but this is not always the case.
Research papers, by definition, must be based on research you do yourself. Sometimes research paper topic ideas are rejected because the research has already been done and too much information is available. Ideally basic background information should be available but information on the specific research paper should be limited.
Online look up the research paper topic ideas available and read the related web pages. Go to the online forums, there may be one one your topic, and see what is being discussed. This can be an excellent source of ideas for any form of written assessment.
Here are a few more sources to help you find your research topic ideas. Good luck, and have fun with what works for YOU!
CLASS SUBJECT RESOURCES
Magazine and Journal Databases
Newspapers and Newslists
Blogs – There are blogs on almost every subject imaginable. Check the blog directories.
Online subject Archives
Books – not just reference books. Look in the Table of Contents and the Indexes for more ideas
Directories including DMOZ, Google, and Yahoo, and other online sources.