Your topic must be manageable and fit the scope, audience, length and time limits of your assignments. Sometimes this means that you will need to narrow your original idea. Consider:
Example (from St. Martin's handbook):
Emily, a student writer is interested in the effect of advertising on American identity. This topic is too broad for her assigment. So she posted on facebook, asking her friends to post their most "American" products. She chose from among their ideas (Coke and Pepsi). So she narrowed her focus to the effect of Coke and Pepsi ads on American identity.
You might find that your topic is so narrow that there is not a lot published about it. In this case you need to broaden.
There are several ways to do this:
For example, alcohol use by students at UGA in 1999 might be too narrow. Try expanding it to alcohol use by students at UGA, or even college students and alcohol use.
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