May 17th, 2010

Avoiding the Too-Narrow Topic

Picking the right topic is very difficult, especially when you are new to a subject area. Very often the issue that prompts a learner to talk to a librarian is the problem of the too-broad or too-narrow topic.

Having too broad a topic can be annoying: you search and find way too many resources. But once you’ve found that out, you can quickly see what areas are well-covered in the literature, and focus in on a particular area.

Too narrow a topic can be much harder to deal with, especially if you’ve already committed yourself to the topic. If you think your topic is too narrow, here are some things you can do:

Best of all is to get in the habit of searching a bit before committing yourself. Five minutes of searching in the library databases can help you identify good topics from impossible ones.

– Erin

Comments

Comment from Ultrasound Technicia
Time June 17, 2010 at 7:34 am

Erin,

Good post. Too narrow or too broad topics are always tough to deal with. They always bring a lot of problems.

Thanks

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