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Focus your topic according to the requirements of the assignment

Focusing a topic:

The following chart depicts some ways to focus your topic.  Using the example "drug abuse," you may try limiting your topic in one or more of these ways:

Limit by: Example:

Specific time period

  • past 20 years
  • 1990's

Specific geographic area or setting

  • California
  • Colleges and universities

People or interest groups involved

  • doctors
  • students

Particular aspect of the subject

  • drug abuse--treatment programs

Viewpoint of a specific discipline

  • Criminal justice: how have the laws affecting illegal drug trafficking changed?
  • Medicine and health: what are the health effects of drug abuse?
  • Sociology: is the U.S. War on Drugs having the intended effect?

 

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