How to narrow a research topic

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How to narrow a research topic

  1. 1. How to Narrow a Research Topic Adopted from OSU Libraries
  2. 2. 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?
  3. 3. Topic: Immigration reform• Example broad topic: Immigration reform• This topic is too broad and needs to be narrowed down to something more specific.
  4. 4. Use AND, OR, NOTUse AND to narrow down a topic. Use OR to broaden a topic.Use NOT to eliminate a information not wanted.
  5. 5. Who?TOPIC: Immigration reform How to Narrow a Research Topic Populations Age NEW TOPIC: Gender Immigration reform for Latinos. Race or Ethnicity
  6. 6. 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?
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. Where?TOPIC: Immigration reform How to Narrow a Research Topic Places States NEW TOPIC: Illegal immigration in Regions Arizona. Countries
  9. 9. Why?TOPIC: Immigration reform How to Narrow a Research Topic Evaluate Causes NEW TOPIC: Treatments Potential solutions Outcomes for dealing with illegal immigration.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. 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)
  12. 12. Gun Control In California New Laws CrimeWould there be less crime in California if new laws controlling guns were passed?
  13. 13. Obesity Youth Junk Food SchoolsCould the obesity epidemic plaguing our youth be solved by eliminating junk food from schools ?
  14. 14. 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*

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