This guide contains information to help you do research for English Composition assignments.
Sometimes, when you start researching, you don't know exactly what you're looking for. That's okay! You can start with a broad topic and narrow it to something more specific for your research project. Below are a couple ideas and tools to help you do so.
The easiest way to narrow your topic is to start with the broader umbrella category. Let's say you want to talk about nutrition. If you just started by putting 'nutrition' in the search bar, however, you'd quickly be overwhelmed by millions of entries.
So we narrow our topic. Start thinking of sub topics or pieces of your topic. By getting more specific right away, it will help weed out a lot of extra sources and you can focus in on a more specific topic.
You could try narrowing your topic by adding any of these aspects to your research:
Paying attention to these factors will help you focus on simply an aspect of your topic. Then you will have successfully narrowed your topic and your research to something much more manageable.
Below you'll find a worksheet to help you narrow your own topic and a tutorial for what narrowing a topic during the research process might look like.
Sometimes you will do such a good job narrowing your topic you might actually end up with to few resources. That's alright! Then you just need to 'narrow' your topic but in reverse! You need to broaden your topic and search parameters.
And, as always, if you still can't get enough evidence? Come see a librarian!
Use these databases below to browse for possible topics, or to start gathering information on a topic.