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ENG 101 Composition - Adase - Fall 2021: 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

The Narrow My Topic worksheet 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?