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
|U.S., Eastern, rural
|age, race, gender, nationality, ethnic group, occupation, religious affiliation, political affiliation
|Battle of the Bulge in WWII, Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
|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 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.
|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.
|Explore related issues that may have more available resources.
|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?