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QS 115: Approaches to University Writing

This guide is intended to help students,enrolled in Queer Studies 115, locate resources in the University Library at California State University, Northridge

Tips for Narrowing Your Topic


  • Narrow your focus to formulate a research question
  • Brainstorm related keywords and concepts
  • Reference resources can help you select and narrow your topic
  • Can you narrow your topic to a specific
    • Time period?
    • Event?
    • Geographical area?
    • Race, ethnicity, gender, or age group?

Choosing a Research Topic

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