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IS_395: Global Politics of Data (Lehoucq): Refine Your Topic

Refine your Topic

Now that have you some information, you can narrow your topic. Remember: the shorter your final paper, the narrower your topic needs to be.

  • Is there a specific subset of the topic you can focus on?
  • Is there a relationship you can explore: cause/effect, compare/contrast, opinion/reason, problem/solution?
  • Is there an unanswered question on the subject?
  • Can you focus on a specific time period or group of people?

Describe and develop your topic in some detail. Try filling in the blanks in the following sentence, as much as you can:

I want to research _______(who) and  _______(what)

in  _______(where)

during  _______(when)

because/in order to learn _______(why)

Sociology

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Jason Kruse
Contact:
2North-Core
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
847-491-2171
jkruse@northwestern.edu
Subjects:Sociology

Political Science

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Jeannette Moss
Contact:
University Library
2 North (Core) Rm. 2303
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
847-491-2169