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Topics and Sub-Topics

Selecting a topic and deciding on the focus of your research is key. Use the organizers provided to help you develop your topic and sub-topics.

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Use the Topic Web to:

  • identify layers of topics and sub-topics
  • make connections between ideas
  • narrow your topic and research focus

Revisit the Topic Web as you delve more deeply into resources and discover more layers to your topic.

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See an example of how the Topic Web can be used, below.

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Use the Topic & Sub-Topic Planner to:

  • show how your sub-topics support the ideas you have developed about your topic
  • make sure that you have at least three pieces of supporting evidence for each of your sub-topics
  • help prepare an outline for your final project

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Use the Sub-Topic Organizer to:

  • summarize your key points about each of your sub-topics
  • help you to assess whether you have enough evidence to make compelling arguments about each of your sub-topics, or whether you need to look for more

Revisit this organizer at different stages of your research, to help you assess your own progress.

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Topic Web Example

This example shows how the researcher used the Topic Web to identify the main sub-topics for the larger topic, Global Warming. Note how the researcher has added additional layers to the potential sub-topics. This will help the researcher to narrow the topic from the very general (Global Warming), to something far more specific, like Coastal Erosion. The researcher might, then, develop a new web with Coastal Erosion at the centre.

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