Brainstorm ways in which your umbrella topic can be focused into related subtopics and questions.
Type your group topic into the library's One Search. Look over the results of your search to get a sense of the range of issues that connect to your starting topic.
Try the resources and tips below to help you map out your topic and find a strong group focus and strong individual focus.
Skim over the list of articles you get. Do any connecting topics pop out at you? (Write them down!)
Try a more strategic search. Type in one or two words that capture more specific aspects of that umbrella topic. For ex:
CQ Researcher is a library database of thorough, well-researched reports on a wide range of current topics. CQ Researcher is set up so that it starts with broad topics and then, as you click on topics, it leads down to more specific topic reports. This is a great way to find subtopics and if you end up writing about a topic covered in a current CQ report, you will have a great source of reliable info and leads to much more.
Type your topics into a Google search bar. Skim the list of results for connecting ideas. (Do not open/click on any of the results. You are just looking for connecting ideas!)
A topic map, also called a concept map, is a helpful way to start to identify:
As you research and learn, you may find you need to go narrower or broader, or slightly change your focus.