Module 1: Defining the Information Need
Narrowing or Broadening a TopicNeed to narrow your topic? Are you finding too much information on your topic or don't know where to start?
- Limit the topic by geography
- Limit by a particular event or time period
- Focus on a particular person or group of people
- Limit to one aspect of the topic (economic, historical, political, psychological, sociological, etc.)
- Explore related topics or issues
- Expand the time period covered
- Expand the people, social group, or population considered
- Expand the geographic region discussed
- Compare or contrast one topic, issue, social group, or geographic region with another
The following 2 min. 53 sec. video will show you more about choosing a topic. A text script is available.
Once you develop your topic, you can start to think about the kinds of resources you will need.