And then when they arrived at the South Pole, they found that the explorer Amundsen had beaten them. Three Strategies for How to Narrow a Topic Not all strategies work best for all topics, so try a combination of all of these to see which works best for your topic. This content was accessible as of December 29, 2012, and it was downloaded then by in an effort to preserve the availability of this book. To narrow down your research topic you can use any of the various methods but the simplest method can be as follows: 1. If you are searching a phrase, put quotation marks around the phrase. It will tell your reader what the paper is about, and how you will present your argument.
It says they ended up only 11 miles from one of their supply stations. Your professor might give you one, you might be given a broad subject from which you can work, or it may be left up to you to decide what you will write on. Steps toward narrowing your topic include: 1. Neither of these topics are argumentative. Ask for help from a librarian if needed. See, the topic is already much narrower, right? In order to do this you can consult a variety of sources some people call this pre-search.
Your time is money in the case of research and you have to develop a topic that can make better use of this money. You need to rephrase your topic again. I think my professor is the only one who can tell me whether my question about the rocks has enough to do with Antarctica. Once you come up with a general topic, it is time to start developing and researching your topic. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, p. Remember, you're going to be spending quite a bit of time with this topic, so pick one that you're going to enjoy writing about.
When I have a class with one or two older students, I still consider the different age demographics even though twenty other students are eighteen to twenty-two years old. So, we'll add more detail to our search! You will need to broaden your topic in this case as well. How will I come up with a research question about that place? You may still need to tweak this argument as you continue to do research, depending on what information you find. But here it says that those rocks are the proof of continental drift. This will help you to narrow your topic. To begin with a topic like Moksha in and of itself is likely too broad to discuss in a short paper, never mind how it is understood in two different religions.
For example, you may be asked to compare and contrast the ideas of Moksha in Hindu and Buddhist religions. This seesaw of attitudes can go up and down over the course of a day or even a few minutes, but it can still be useful for a speaker to consider. However, if we focus on immigrant women in Canada accessing abortions post 1969 we might have more luck. You might write about the origins of skateboarding, skateboarding at the X Games, or skateboard clothing, jargon, tricks, or culture. Terra Nova… But it gives me a page called Terra Nova Expedition. Some keywords will work better than others, and some keywords may lead you to different articles than you found in your first search.
An example might be to look at both Chinese immigrant women and Canadian-born women accessing abortions. Professor Sanders says research questions are more complicated than regular questions. When the topic is broad there are many dimensions and you cannot control these dimensions. Nothing beyond that one sentence shows up. If you still don't understand, ask! This comparison got a laugh from the audience and also made the seemingly complex concept more understandable.
Will you write about hip hop, jazz, country, pop, opera, or some other type? A An audience consisting of people who are required to be present. Researching a more scholarly subject? First, we identify the major concepts and zoom in on each one to find the specifics. In this type of paper a student will be asked to examine a common element of two or more separate areas and look at the similarities and differences. Can you explain it to a friend? Keywords for this topic will primarily be the name of the country and the abuse topic. This book is licensed under a license. You do not speak aloud your specific purpose during your speech; you use it to guide your researching, organizing, and writing. Narrow Your Topic Once you've done some initial background reading, it's time to narrow down your topic to what you really want to write about.
You are not expected to know everything about your subject, so you cannot expect to pick a good topic before doing any research. Assigned Topics — Ideas about a narrower topic can come from anywhere. Compare and Contrast Papers Often, students in the humanities are directed to write a compare and contrast paper. And why was his expedition doomed? Be careful, however, because combining multiple strategies risks creating the opposite problem--your problem becomes too narrowly defined and you can't locate enough research or data to support your study. When faced with such a topic many students begin their research by trying to find books and articles that deal directly with the topic as stated and they will likely find themselves frustrated fairly quickly. If you have further questions visit their web site for more information.