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Prof. Gaffney: SPRING 2021; Eng. 101: Narrowing Your Topic

Narrow Your Topic

Refine your topic:

             Start with a broad topic and narrow it down by thinking of some of the issues associated with it. 

             Ex. Broad topic:  Mental illness

                   Narrowed topics:  personality disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety

                   Research question: Is borderline personality disorder more prevalent in women than in men?

Create parameters:

            Limit your topic to a specific time period or geographical region.

             Ex. Hunger Insecurity in Africa     

                    Suicidal ideation in college students during the COVID-19 pandemic


Credo Reference Mind Map

Using Database Subject Terms

You can use the database Subject Terms feature (or Thesaurus) to generate subtopics. Ex. "Police Brutality."

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