Defining Your Topic by Narrowing

If, when you search for information on your topic, you find too much, it may mean that you need to narrow your topic. For example Butterflies is more specific than Insects, and Monarch Butterflies is more specific than Butterflies.

a row of insects above a row of butterflies above a monarch butterfly, illustrating the concept of moving from a broad topic to a narrow topic

To narrow your topic, try rewording your question with more specific terms.

For example, instead of asking, "What are the laws on drinking and driving?" ask:

"What are California's laws on drinking and driving?" 

Or, instead of asking, "What are the statistics on drinking and driving?" ask:

"What are the statistics on teenage drinking and driving?"
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