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ENG 102: English Comp (Bennett): Narrowing Your Topic

 

Focusing your Topic

Sources

(Where did you find the information?)

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

 

Perspective? Is this an opinion paper? What is your position? Evidence?

 

Purpose? What are you trying to prove? What is the purpose? Who is your audience?

 

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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