Example:I'm thinking of doing a paper on "fashion." This topic could develop in many different ways.
Sample Topic Narrowing Chart:
General Topic: fashion
Time span: 1920s
Place: US; urban; big cities (not rural)
Person or group: youth; college age
Event or Aspects: sexual attitudes; behavior; sociological
Example: I'm thinking of doing a paper on "whether genetically altered soybeans are safe for consumers."
This topic as stated is seeking to answer a question for which there may be no answer yet -- more scientific and long-term research may need to be done. How can this be turned into a more manageable topic?
Sample Topic Broadening Chart:
Specific Topic: Are genetically altered soybeans safe for consumers?
Alternate focus: bioengineered or genetically altered foods
Alternate Place: general; US, Europe
Brainstorm Focus on: Person or Group: consumer advocates vs FDA and scientists
Brainstorm Focus on: Event or Aspect: labeling foods; regulations