Is Your Topic Too Narrow?
If you are not finding enough information, your topic may be too narrow. Consider broadening it by:
- Exploring related issues
- Comparing or contrasting the topic with another topic
- Expanding the:
- time period covered
- population considered
- geographic area discussed
- Choosing an alternative topic that is not so recent -- it may not be covered in books and journal articles yet
- Choosing an alternative topic that is not so popular -- it may be covered in popular magazines and tabloids only
Is Your Topic Too Broad?
If you are finding too much information, your topic may be too broad. Consider narrowing it by:
- Time period -- 1960's, bronze age, etc.
- Geographic location -- Denver, New York, South Africa, etc.
- Population -- age, race, gender, nationality or other group
Smaller piece of the topic:
- Genre -- jazz (music)
- Event -- Battle of the Bulge (WWII)
- Aspect -- government regulations (pollution)
- Discipline or Subject -- music (in early childhood education)
The Library and Information Service offers a wide range of group training sessions with the main focus on enhancing the information literacy skills of all students at Stellenbosch University. Book a specific training session or consult the undergraduate or postgraduate training programme to see a list of all training sessions available for specific target groups.