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CMAT 100 Kjeldsen: Topics & Keywords

When is a topic too narrow or too broad?

Your topic may be too broad:

  • It becomes difficult to find sources due to the sheer amount of information available. For example, 20,000 articles on gun control.
  • You are finding it difficult to form an opinion about the topic. 

Broad: Gun control. 

Specific: "Does increased gun control policy lead to decreased gun related violence in Indiana?"


Your topic may be too narrow: 

  • If it is very difficult to find sources. 
  • If it focuses on something very new/current.

Specific: "people are using eHarmony to develop superficial, unfulfilling virtual relationships"

Broader: "people are using social media web sites to develop superficial and unfulfilling relationships."