Tutorials

Mapping Your Topic

Constructing a "map" of your chosen topic can be an effective strategy for finding a specific focus for your research

This example provides a demonstration of this strategy, using the issue of Public Transportation.

 

Amtrak

Public Transportation in the United States

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The example above provides a "map" of issues relevant to the overall topic. You can then use this to navigate around your chosen topic and locate a definite focus. The map below charts the possibility of researching the environmental benefits of using commuter rail systems in cities and regions.

 

Public Transportation in the United States

navigating around a subject using a map