Information Competence
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State Your Topic as a Question

Identify Concepts

Narrow or Broaden Your Topic

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If Needed, Narrow or Broaden Your Topic

Often finding too much or too little information may mean you have to narrow or broaden your topic.

If you need to narrow your topic, try adding concrete or specific terms to your questions. 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?"

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

(Once you've formulated a new question, you will have to repeat the process of picking out the significant terms and making a list of synonyms and related terms.)

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