Focusing Your Topic
If you need help selecting your topic:
- Think about what interests you in the course.
- Look through course readings for ideas.
- Discuss ideas with your instructor.
- Look through specialized encyclopedias in the subject area ( HOWLcat keyword search for encyclopedias will list many of our subject encyclopedias)
For topics related to current social issues:
- The following websites can help get you started thinking on a topic:
- Get background information
- Consider ways to narrow your focus. For example, for the topic abortion:
Narrow by Examples aspects of the topic law and legislation
moral and ethical aspects
time period 19th century
since Roe v. Wade
geography United States
- You may need to broaden your topic or search keywords, e.g. when searching for a subject encyclopedia, a statistical compilation or when choosing a database. Information on abortion might be found in resources related to women, to health or medicine, to ethics or to law