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Idea Generator

Selecting a Topic

Struggling with ideas for an upcoming term paper, speech, presentation, etc.?

Use the broad categories provided to browse through a variety of key words and phrases associated with them.

Explore the ideas and devise a more specific topic.


The "Idea Generator" was first created by Cynthia Wright Swaine in 1994 as a Web-based tool to help students at ODU, both on and off campus, select topics for papers or other assignments. It quickly caught on and was used by students everywhere. "Idea generator" has become a generic term.