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WRIT 111: Narrowing Your Topic

Forming a Research Question

Turning a great idea into a focused research question can be challenging. Check out this quick guide to forming a research question created by Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University.

Ideas for Narrowing a Topic

Add words

  • Illegal Immigration + United States
  • Illegal Immigration + United States + reform
  • Illiegal Immigration + United States + economics

Add specific limiters

  • Age Group
  • Controversy
  • Geography
  • Perspective
  • Population
  • Time Frame

Ask questions about the topic: Who, What, When, Where, Why?

  • How has the immigration policy changed in the last fifty years in the United States?
  • Whom does illegal immigration effect?
  • What are the issues associated with illegal immigration?
  • How might a Christian respond to this issue?
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