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Narrow by asking myself 5 simple questions...

4 minute how-to video by the Ohio State University Libraries explains 5 simple questions that will help you to narrow down your topic quickly: Who? What? When? Where? Why?

5 Ws Narrow My Topic Worksheet

Optional worksheets will help you narrow down your topic using the 5Ws described in the video on this page.


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