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					Narrowing Your Topic
Think about your message…

 In your paper…

         WHAT are you going to
          SAY about your topic?
                  or
    What QUESTIONS are you going to
        ANSWER about your topic?
And how are you going to do it…



    in just (how many )
           pages?
Narrowing Strategy 1: Aspect

 Focus on a particular
   ASPECT of the topic:                  Economic




  Not: Ice                Social                         Historical

                                           ICE

   But: Psychological
       effects of ice         Physical           Psychological
Narrowing Strategy 2: Time

 Focus on your topic
   during a particular
   TIME PERIOD

         Ice use
        between
     1990 and 2000
Narrowing Strategy 3: Type

 Focus on a specific
   TYPE or CLASS of
   people or things as
   they relate to your
   topic

   Female ice users
Narrowing Strategy 4: Place

 Focus on a particular PLACE

 Ice use
   in Hawaii
Narrowing Strategy 5: Add Two Topics

  Focus on the
    relationship between
    TWO DIFFERENT
    TOPICS
                  Ice           Unemployment




  Ice and unemployment
Now, a really big tip:

 COMBINE different
                                         Unemployment
  kinds of focuses:
                                                        Psychological
                            1990-2000                      effects
 Relationship between
 unemployment and the
 psychological effects of ice
 in women in Hawaii
 between 1990-2000
                                Hawaii                       Ice



                                           Women
Ok, maybe that’s going too far…

 Are you really going to find enough
   information about the relationship
   between unemployment and the
   psychological effects of ice in women in
   Hawaii between 1990-2000 ?


                  (Probably not)
But how about this…
 What can you SAY about…

  The relationship between ice use and
  unemployment in Hawaii from 1990 until the
  present

 What QUESTIONS could you try to ANSWER
  about …

  The psychological effects of ice use by
  teenage girls
A Review of Narrowing Strategies:

 Narrow your topic by focusing on:
  Aspect
  Time
  Type
  Place
  Its relationship with a second topic
  A combination of two or more of the above

				
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