When it comes to developing a research question, you want to aim for a topic that is not too narrow and also not too broad. In other words, a research topic should be somewhere in the middle! Your topic should be specific enough that you are not drowning in information, but you also want to be able to find enough information to write a thorough and complete research paper. If you need help or have questions, ask a librarian!
Your topic is too narrow if you're not finding enough information. Broaden your search by:
How will climate change impact sea levels and the coastal United States?
What are the negative effects of television viewing on children and adolescents?
Does cartoon viewing cause violent behaviors in children under the age of five?
Your topic is too broad if you're finding too much information. Narrow your search by:
Smaller piece of the topic:
If your topic is too narrow try exploring related issues.
If your topic is too broad try limiting it to a specific period, location, or event.
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