Managing a Topic

In some cases, your topic and questions may be too broad to be handled successfully within the length limits of a written assignment. You will need a strategy for narrowing the focus to something more manageable.

On the other hand, some topics and questions may prove too narrow and focused for an assignment, and you need to consider ways to broaden the topic.

It is not always easy to determine if a topic is too broad or too narrow for a specific assignment. Consult with your instructor if you are unsure.


Click the sections below to review common strategies for narrowing or broadening topics. Also review Nutshelling located in Resources.