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ANT 101: Cultural Anthropology (Miller): Narrowing your topic

Focusing your Topic

  • Where? Is it the United States? A region? Another country? Remember, getting too specific might make it difficult to research
  • Time Frame? Last five years? Last week? A time period? If you write about something that’s too recent, you might not find information about it
  • Population?  Men? Women? Teenagers? Children? Who are you writing about in your topic?
  • Anything else? What detail is missing?  

Finally!

Fill in the sentence below to help you with your research; don’t forget to use the chart to help you.  The issue or research question of this sentence is your guideline to the information or evidence you need to find to prove your conclusion or results.


I am researching _________________ (topic) because I want to find out _____________(issue/research question) in order to __________________________ (results /conclusion)

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