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Narrowing a Research Question

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
Since 1990? This year? In the future? Current Internet security initiatives.
Place
Local social norms & values, economic & political systems, or languages. Internet security initiatives in the U.S
Population
Gender, age, occupation, ethnicity, nationality, educational attainment, species, etc. Filtering software and childrens' access to Internet pornography
Viewpoint
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