In other words, how could you expand these topics to find more information?Could these terms help be used to form a more focused research topic? You may wish to avoid topics such as, abortion, gun control, teen pregnancy, or suicide unless you feel you have a unique approach to the topic.Ask the instructor for ideas if you feel you are stuck or need additional guidance.Identify three narrower aspects of the following broad topics.In other words, what are three areas you could investigate that fit into these very broad topics?Can you find enough information to answer your research question?Remember, selecting a topic is an important and complex part of the research process. This may be the answer to your research question and/or a way to clearly state the purpose of your research.For example, the Encyclopedia Britannica Online (or the printed version of this encyclopedia, in Thompson Library's Reference Collection on Reference Table 1) may not have an article on Social and Political Implications of Jackie Robinsons Breaking of the Color Barrier in Major League Baseball but there will be articles on baseball history and on Jackie Robinson.Browse the Encyclopedia Americana for information on your topic ideas.Some common ways to limit a topic are: It is common to modify your topic during the research process. You may find too much and need to narrow your focus, or too little and need to broaden your focus. When researching, you may not wish to change your topic, but you may decide that some other aspect of the topic is more interesting or manageable.Keep in mind the assigned length of the research paper, project, bibliography or other research assignment.