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Narrow your Topic


A lot of times students start with a broad topic. However, before hitting the books, they should narrow their topic. A general topic can be narrowed...and narrowed topics can be even more specific.

General topic: Greensburg, Kansas
  Narrowed topic: 2007 tornado in Greensburg
More specific topic: rebuilding Greensburg as a "green" community after the 2007 tornado

Basically, if your topic is only a word or two, or if you have trouble creating a thesis statement, your topic is too narrow.

Use "question words" to help develop topics:

Where: Greensburg

What: 2007 tornado

When: May 2007

Why: rebuilding

How: as a "green" community

Whether this is a "good" topic for your paper depends on how much information is available about it.