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Quick Tips for Narrowing a Topic:

  • Look at an encyclopedia for general information on your topic and note interesting facts/ideas.
  • Ask yourself the following questions:
    • Who is my audience? (Choose a topic that will be interesting to your audience.)
    • Will my topic fit the assignment? Is my topic still too broad for the length of the paper, speech, etc.?
    • What kind of information do I need to fulfill the assignment? A brief summary, journal articles, books, essays, encyclopedia articles, statistics? Can I locate these types of research materials for my topic?