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Narrowing Your Topic

Narrowing your topic helps to focus your research paper.

Once you choose a topic, ask open-ended questions about your chosen topic that begin with WhoWhatWhereWhenWhy and HowThese types of questions will help you to narrow your topic.

In each library topicguide a section titled "Narrow Your Topic", lists similar questions on a specific subject.


This is a 3.5 min. video on how to narrow your topic for a more effective research paper.

Evaluating Information

Use the CRAAP test to evaluate sources. 

An infographic on CRAAP test


This 2 min. video elaborates on the CRAAP test for evaluating sources.