Ultimately you want to develop a focused topic. Having a focused topic results in a good paper or presentation. Some factors to keep in mind when identifying a topic are:
“Focused” means that your topic is neither too broad nor too narrow. If your topic is too broad, you will likely be dealing with too many ideas and too much information to effectively write about. If your topic is too narrow, there may be little information available or what is available may address your topic in a shallow manner.
|Too Broad||Too Narrow||Just Right|
|How is climate change affecting the planet?||How is climate change affecting gasoline consumption in Pittsburgh?||Will regulation of fossil fuel consumption temper the negative impacts of climate change?|
|Why are violent crimes committed?||How often are violent crimes punished by the death penalty?||Does the dealth penalty act as a deterrent to violent crime in America?|
|What were women's roles in World War II?||What percentage of women worked for the U.S government in World War II?||What role did American women play in espionage during World War II?|