Narrowing your topic

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A method for developing a research topic by adding concepts to expand or narrow down your original idea.

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Narrowing your topic

  1. 1. Start with your topic
  2. 2. Narrow it down by adding a sub-topic
  3. 3. Think of other ways to narrow it down, like time…
  4. 4. or place…
  5. 5. More ways to narrow it down <ul><li>Add more sub-topics and related topics </li></ul><ul><li>How your topic affects a particular group or sub-group </li></ul><ul><li>A research methodology </li></ul><ul><li>A school of thought </li></ul><ul><li>A controversial, unusual or new point of view </li></ul>
  6. 6. Your narrowed topic is where all of these aspects overlap.
  7. 7. FOR EXAMPLE…
  8. 8. Topic: women’s daily lives
  9. 9. … middle- and upper-class
  10. 10. … in the early- to mid-19 th century
  11. 11. HOW WOULD IT LOOK IF YOU WANTED TO TALK ABOUT MEN’S DAILY LIVES? <ul><li>Draw it yourself: </li></ul>
  12. 12. HOW WOULD IT LOOK IF YOU WANTED TO COMPARE WOMEN’S DAILY LIVES IN JAPAN AND ENGLAND? <ul><li>Draw it yourself: </li></ul>
  13. 13. HOW WOULD IT LOOK IF YOU WANTED TO STUDY THE TOPIC BY READING NOVELS WRITTEN BY WOMEN IN THAT ERA? <ul><li>Draw it yourself: </li></ul>

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