When you begin your research, you start with a broad topic. It is important that you focus your topic to make it manageable. For your assignment, you'll need to come up with a well-developed thesis statement.
Ask yourself these questions:
Source: Mesa Community College. Determining your research question.
Once you have a broad topic, it is important to come up with a manageable, focused research question -- one that is neither too broad or too narrow.
The 5 W's, described in the video below, are a helpful tool for focusing your research question/topic.
These are great places to begin research on current issues. Opposing Viewpoints and Points of View Reference Center contain viewpoints on current and controversial issues, but also much more: a variety of articles from magazines or scholarly journals, government information and primary sources, depending on the database.