If your topic seems too broad, consider questions like:
Original Topic: Government funding of the arts (too broad!)
Focused Time Period: 1930s
Focused Location: USA
Focused event/aspect: New Deal, painting
Refined topic: Federal funding of painters through New Deal programs and the Works Progress Administration.
Broadening a Topic: Not Enough Information!If your topic is so specific that you can't find sources that specifically address it, consider questions like:
Original topic: What is the effect of deforestation on Colombia's long-term ability to feed its citizens? (too specific!)
Alternative place: South America
Widened focus: agriculture, sustainable development.
Key person or group: United Nations and its subgroups
Alternative event/aspect: birth control
Revised topic: How can the United Nations encourage South American countries to employ sustainable development practices?
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