Not enough information?
Read background information. Think of related ideas.
|Your topic is too specific||Generalize. EX: your topic is genetic diversity for a specific ethnic group in Ghana, Africa-->broaden to all ethnic groups in Ghana or in West Africa.|
|Your topic is too new||Search databases that contain newspaper articles.|
|Have you checked enough databases?||Use the Research Databases by Subject list to find specialized databases.|
|You are using too much jargon.||Use a thesaurus. How is your topic expressed by experts? What terms are commonly found in citations and bibliographies?|
Below are links to online reference resources to help you narrow your broad topics to a narrower focus:
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Too much information?
Try limiting your topic to one of the following aspects:
|Theory||Limit your topic to just one school of thought. EX: your topic concerns the effects of television on children-->narrow your approach to social learning theory.|
|Sub-Topic||Explore a specific aspect of your topic. EX: your topic is human cloning-->investigate government regulation of cloning.|
|Time Span||Choose a specific time period. EX: your topic is assisted suicide-->contrast public attitudes in the 1980's versus the 2000's.|
|Population||Focus on a specific age, sex, race, occupation, species or ethnic group. EX: on a topic in genetics, examine specific traits as they affect women over 40 years of age.|
|Location||Consider a geographic analysis. EX: if your topic concerns cloning, investigate cloning practices in Europe or the Middle East.|