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Begin Research: Too Broad, Too Narrow, or Just Right?

Too Broad, Too Narrow, or Just Right?

You want to select a topic that is neither too broad or to narrow. See if you can select topics with a "just right" scope from the options below.

Environmental Topic

Air pollution in urban areas
  • ✔ Yes! This one is too broad. You would need to identify an aspect of air pollution to narrow the scope.
  • ✖ This one is too broad. You would need to identify an aspect of air pollution to narrow the scope.
  • ✖ This one is too broad. You would need to identify an aspect of air pollution to narrow the scope.
Respiratory diseases ¡n children in high-density urban areas
  • ✖ Just right! There should be enough information to get you started. You will continue to refine your topic as you learn more.
  • ✖ Just right! There should be enough information to get you started. You will continue to refine your topic as you learn more.
  • ✔ Yes! Just right! There should be enough information to get you started. You will continue to refine your topic as you learn more.
Environmental consequences of California’s October 2007 forest fires
  • ✖ A bit narrow. It will be hard to find enough information on just one event.
  • ✔ Yes! A bit narrow. It will be hard to find enough information on just one event.
  • ✖ A bit narrow. It will be hard to find enough information on just one event.
Polar bear adaptation to global warming in the Arctic
  • ✖ Just right! There should be enough information to get you started. You will continue to refine your topic as you proceed with your research.
  • ✖ Just right! There should be enough information to get you started. You will continue to refine your topic as you proceed with your research.
  • ✔ Yes! Just right! There should be enough information to get you started. You will continue to refine your topic as you proceed with your research.
Renewable energy in the United States
  • ✔ Yes! This is a good starting point, but it is too broad. Try focusing your research on a specific renewable energy, like "sun" or "wind".
  • ✖ This is a good starting point, but it is too broad. Try focusing your research on a specific renewable energy, like "sun" or "wind".
  • ✖ This is a good starting point, but it is too broad. Try focusing your research on a specific renewable energy, like "sun" or "wind".
Sierra Club campaign to close down 1970s-era coal plants in Texas
  • ✖ This one is too narrow. It will be hard to find enough information on such a narrow topic. Try focusing on a wider region or area.
  • ✔ Yes! This one is too narrow. It will be hard to find enough information on such a narrow topic. Try focusing on a wider region or area.
  • ✖ This one is too narrow. It will be hard to find enough information on such a narrow topic. Try focusing on a wider region or area.
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