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  • How to Narrow a Research Topic Adopted from OSU Libraries
  • Ask yourself these questions:When your research topic is too broad,ask these questions: • Who? How to Narrow a Research Topic • What? • When? • Where? • Why?
  • Topic: Immigration reform• Example broad topic: Immigration reform• This topic is too broad and needs to be narrowed down to something more specific.
  • Use AND, OR, NOTUse AND to narrow down a topic. Use OR to broaden a topic.Use NOT to eliminate a information not wanted.
  • Who?TOPIC: Immigration reform How to Narrow a Research Topic Populations Age NEW TOPIC: Gender Immigration reform for Latinos. Race or Ethnicity
  • What?TOPIC: Immigration reform How to Narrow a Research Topic Types Build a Fence NEW TOPIC: Tough Laws How will building a border fence effect Amnesty illegal immigration?
  • When?TOPIC: Immigration reform How to Narrow a Research Topic Timeframes Current or historical NEW TOPIC: view Illegal immigration’s Period of effect on young life males.
  • Where?TOPIC: Immigration reform How to Narrow a Research Topic Places States NEW TOPIC: Illegal immigration in Regions Arizona. Countries
  • Why?TOPIC: Immigration reform How to Narrow a Research Topic Evaluate Causes NEW TOPIC: Treatments Potential solutions Outcomes for dealing with illegal immigration.
  • Mix n’ Match Combine any number of elements that you derive from asking these questions until you find an interesting topic to research. How to Narrow a Research Topic Some examples: • Causes and treatment of anorexia in college athletes. • Prevalence of bulimia in teen-age males in the United States. • Changes in treatment for compulsive overeaters, 1950-present.
  • Narrow your topicUse the following resources for an overview of your topic:1. Encyclopedias – Give a brief summary 1. Print – Found on the Reference Shelves 2. Online - Gale Virtual Reference Library2. Opposing Viewpoints – (Reference Articles)3. CQ Researcher (Print and Online)
  • Gun Control In California New Laws CrimeWould there be less crime in California if new laws controlling guns were passed?
  • Obesity Youth Junk Food SchoolsCould the obesity epidemic plaguing our youth be solved by eliminating junk food from schools ?
  • Construct a keyword searchResearch question:Could the obesity epidemic plaguing our youth be solved by eliminating junk food from schools ? Sample Search “junk food” And (obesity or obese) And School*