A topic that is manageable for a research project will not be too broad or too narrow. Often, the topic can be formulated into a research question. Manageable topics generally have two to three concepts. Examples of manageable topics/research questions include:
Topics with one concept are generally too broad.
When a topic idea is too broad, common ways to break down an idea include: place, time period, gender, age group, or ethnic group.
Topics with more that three concepts are usually too narrow.
Using less specificity will be necessary when a topic idea is too narrow.
Check out the Picking Your Topic is Research video on this page for more specifics on selecting a manageable topic and formulating a research question.
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