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EDEX 7220 - Synthesis of Research Literature in Special Education: Get Started

NARROW OR EXPAND A TOPIC

Where to start?

Start by thinking about topics that have come up in class discussions, have been assigned as readings, or that interest you. You can also check popular journals in the discipline for ideas. 

A topic that is too broad will lead to fragmented and incohesive research.

You can narrow a topic by limiting the scope to a specific:

  • Consumer topic (behavior, satisfaction, population)
  • Aspect of the marketing mix (price, product, placement, promotion)
  • Advertising type (social media, traditional media)

If you are having trouble narrowing the scope of your research topic, review background information about your topic using an encyclopedia, Wikipedia, or Google. These sources of background information are not considered scholarly sources, but they can be helpful to find ways to narrow your topic. 

A topic that is too narrow will lead to frustration during the search phase when the "No results were found." message is the only result.

You can broaden your topic by expanding or eliminating limits like:

  • Consumer topic (behavior, satisfaction, population)
  • Aspect of the marketing mix (price, product, placement, promotion)
  • Advertising type (social media, traditional media)

If you are having trouble expanding the scope of your research topic, review background information about your topic using an encyclopedia, Wikipedia, or Google. These sources of background information are not considered scholarly sources, but they can be helpful to find ways to expand the scope of your topic.