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Defining Your Topic by Narrowing

If, when you search for information on your topic, you find too much, it may mean that you need to narrow your topic. For example Butterflies is more specific than Insects, and Monarch Butterflies is more specific than Butterflies.

insects above butterflies above monarchs
 

To narrow your topic, try rewording your question with more specific terms.

For example, instead of asking, "Do current drinking and driving laws deter drunk driving?" ask:

"Do California's drinking and driving laws deter drunk driving?

Or, instead of asking, "Do statistics on drinking and driving suggest that drunk driving is a serious problem?" ask:

"Do statistics on teenage drinking and driving suggest that drunk driving is a serious problem?"
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