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Find and Narrow My Topic: Home

Yikes! I need an idea for a topic!

ProCon.Org is a collection of pro- and con- (or for and against) viewpoints on controversial topics.  The site is run by Britannica, publisher of encyclopedias and other educational resources.

Journalist Resource organizes hundreds of topics by subject and provides links to valid information sources.

Global Issues in Context lists controversial topics in a wide range of areas.  Follow the links to find related articles. When prompted, log in with your Banner ID and password.

Why do I need to narrow my topic?

A research topic needs to be narrow enough--focused enough--so that you can accomplish many things in just 3-10 pages (depending on your instructor's page requirements).  You'll need to explain your thesis or research question, give your reader background information or context and explain your subject generally or from the perspective of your discipline of study (e.g. sociology, psychology, etc.). You may need to argue a position utilizing 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 specific. The tools on this page can help.  Experiment and find the approach that is right for you.

Narrow by asking myself 5 simple questions...

Narrow My Topic 5 Ws Word Document

Narrow My Topic 5 Ws Google Doc

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?

Narrow using a topic wheel or tiles