Library Skills Tutorial

Selecting and Refining a Topic

As you and Sandy explore, select, and refine a topic, look for:
  1. Good strategies for narrowing a topic.
  2. Some good sources that can help you.

Communication is a very broad topic.
  • How can you narrow a topic as broad as communication?
  • Is there an area of communication in which you are particularly interested? You should try to pick something which you will enjoy researching.
  • Are there specialized dictionaries or encyclopedias that might help you select and narrow your topic?
  • What are the best indexes and databases to help you?
  • Does the library have handouts or guides that will have suggestions for books, databases, and Internet resources for you to use?
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