Let’s begin by defining what a “documentary project” is. A documentary is a nonfiction research product in which a researcher gathers facts into a coherent, organized presentation designed to clarify a topic for its readership or audience. So the first step for a student is to examine your interests and areas of expertise, since you will be dealing with the topic in depth for a considerable length of time. You might want to list the documentaries that have impressed or influenced you in the past – perhaps on a science TV channel or in a book on a documentary subject. Next, look at your sources of information; do you have any special access to information, beyond mere googling. For example, you might have access to a museum or art collection because of some special connection with a staff member. Finally, choose a topic that works well with the medium your final product will assume: for example, if you choose music as your topic, it works well if your project presentation is a recording, but if it is visual, an art or photography topic may work better. If your final presentation is a written essay or speech, you might want to choose a language or literature project. So, to sum up, first, think of a topic that will hold your interest for a long time; second, choose a topic that allows you to make use of otherwise inaccessible sources; finally, select a topic that is compatible with the mode of final presentation.