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Eng 096 Fall 2020 Zowada: Narrowing Your Topic

Why do I Need to narrow my topic?

A research topic needs to be narrow enough--specific enough--so that you can accomplish many things in just 3 pages.  You'll need to briefly explain your thesis or research question, give your reader background information or explain key concepts. You need to take a position, and make a strong argument using supporting evidence.  And, you'll need to reach and write a conclusion. To do all that in just a few pages, your topic must be very narrowly focused. The tools on this page can help.  Experiment and find the approach that is right for you.

Narrow using a topic wheel or tiles

5 W's Narrow Down Topic Work Sheet

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

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?