The Research Paper draft may be only five or six pages double spaced (It’s only a draft.) There should be some use of references, but a Works Cited page does not have to be part of the Research Draft.
Topic: You can write on a topic of your choice. However, your topic must be limited its scope in order to write effectively. Do some preliminary research. Consider current events. Narrowing the scope of the topic will allow you to better formulate a thesis.