Now it is time to put all of the background information you've gathered together to give you a solid foundation to research articles with. You may find the following table to be a helpful way to organize your data. Keep in mind that this is NOT your thesis statement, just a tool to narrow your research. If you can fill out this table, you most likely have a narrow enough topic with enough direction to perform some great research.
1) I am researching _____________ (topic)
2) because I want to fin___________(issue/question)
3) in order to ___________ (application - So What? - Project/Audience/Purpose driven)
Adapted from: Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G. & Williams, J. M. (2008). The Craft of Research(3rd ed.) Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, p. 51-65.
Need help narrowing your topic? Watch the online tutorial.