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ART137 - Ancient to Gothic - Amelia Poletti Joyce: Select and Focus Your Topic

Broadening Your Topic

To broaden a topic that you are not finding enough information about, consider these options:


Expand the time period that you are examining.

Open up the geographic location.  For example, do not limit your research to  Greek deities, but include Roman deities as well.

Extend your research to a larger population group.  For example, not just sculptures, but tombs as well.

Compare and contrast your topic with another topic.


Finding a Topic that Interests You

Choose a topic that really interests you and your research will be more enjoyable. 

Having trouble thinking of a topic to research?  Here are some ideas to help:

 *Scan your textbooks for broad topic ideas.

 *Read current magazines and newspapers to see what catches your eye.  Paper copies are located on the 2nd (main) floor of the library, and  electronic  versions are available full text in many of our online databases.

 *Browse print and electronic reference books

 *Talk to a librarian, your professor, or a friend about ideas.

 *Search our databases.

Narrowing Your Topic

To narrow down a topic that is too broad or unwieldy, consider these questions:


What is the time period of your research?   

What is the geographic location of your research?  For example, Egypt, Rome, or Greece. 

On what aspect of your topic wil you focus?  For example, the architectural, religious, or aesthetic component.

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