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Narrowing a topic requires you to be more specific about your research interest and can help you to develop a thesis:
To successfully search for information on your topic, it is best to determine the main concepts and then find keywords for those concepts. The keywords can become your search words.
For example, your research question is "Does fracking cause water pollution?"
First underline the keywords as shown. Then begin generating synonyms and related words to help you develop a search strategy.
drilling for natural gas
natural gas wells
domestic water supply
(example adapted from University of Idaho Libraries)
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