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Narrowing a Research Question

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A question that is too broad may retrieve too much information. Here are some strategies for narrowing the scope of a question. They may be used individually or in combinations.

Strategy

Explanation

Internet Security Topic

Time

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Since 1990? This year? In the future?

 

Current Internet security initiatives.

Place

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Local social norms & values, economic & political systems, or languages.

Internet security initiatives in the U.S

Population

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Gender, age, occupation, ethnicity, nationality, educational attainment, species, etc.

Filtering software and childrens' access to Internet pornography

Viewpoint

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Social, legal, medical, ethical, biological, psychological, economic, political, philosophical? A viewpoint allows you to focus on a single aspect.

The constitutionality of Internet filtering technology

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