If you are finding too much information, your topic may be too BROAD. Consider narrowing it to a more specific...
|Time or Period||19th Century, 1920's, Renaissance|
|Location||U.S., Eastern, rural|
|Population||age, race, gender, nationality, ethnic group, occupation, religious affiliation, political affiliation|
|Event||Battle of the Bulge in WWII, Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.|
|Aspect||Legislation, Ethical, Cultural, Social|
If you are finding too little information, your topic may be too NARROW, specialized or current. Use the following strategies to broaden your topic:
|Generalize||Generalize your topic. If your topic is the health effects of fracking on rural communities in South Carolina, broaden it to include rural communities in the United States.|
|Currency||If your topic is very current, there may not be relevant journal articles or books available yet. Choose an alternative topic that is not so recent.|
|Related||Explore related issues that may have more available resources.|
|Expand||Expand or remove a time period, location, population, event, or aspect.|
*Note, be sure that you have searched thoroughly before deciding that your topic is too narrow! Have you tried searches using synonyms and alternate terms? Have you tried searching in a variety of databases?
Narrow Topic: Does cartoon viewing cause aggression in children under the age of five?
Broader Topic: What are the negative effects of TV on children?