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Things to think about regarding your topic before you starting searching:
  • Is your topic too broad? For example: art and politics
  • Is your topic too narrow? For example: basket weaving of adolescents in the ancient Vietnam village of  An Lao
  • What types of documents will help you best answer your research questions? Articles, books, images?
  • Are these documents available in CalArts library, or will you have to utilize Inter Library Loan?
Ways to refine  your topic
Geographic: narrow your topic to a specific country, region, or city
Time period: choose a specific century or decade (whichever is appropriate), or age or period - i.e. colonial period
Synonym or related terms: Death penalty > capital punishment; class and race > socioeconomic