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Choose a topic

Think broadly about your research topic, then narrow and refine the focus as you gather background and additional information. Use the topic module linked below for strategies to narrow your topic.

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Useful Tips

How to narrow a topic

  • By age or time period
  • By geographic area
  • By time period
  • By special event
  • Talk with your instructor

Concept table

    Choose a topic concept table