Background information can help familiarize you with the topic and provide context.
It can also help you identify more specific aspects of a topic, which is quite helpful when it comes to narrowing your focus.
Note: Once you have decided on a topic, you should make sure it is sufficiently narrow.
Is there a specific aspect of the broad topic that interests you the most?
Why do you think this is an important/interesting topic?
Asking yourself questions like this helps you chose a more specific focus for your research.
Remember: Some topics are too big to be covered in only a few pages of discussion, while others are too narrow to effectively locate useful sources.
Using the Library Catalog Advanced Search:
(3:12) Identifying an area of interest and turning it into a workable topic that's not too broad or too narrow is part of the research process. Think of it as the "pre-search" phase. North Carolina State Univ. Libraries
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