Choosing and refining a topic is probably the most difficult–and crucial–step in a research project. The most common problems are that a topic idea is either too broad or too narrow.

The brief video below describes some of the problems that you may come up against when you’re starting a research project–and suggests some solutions to them. Note that the video has several segments and that you will need to click the “Forward” arrow at the bottom to resume after each pause.

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Video courtesy of Cooperative Library Instruction Project