Example: I'm thinking of doing a paper on "whether genetically
altered soybeans are safe for consumers."
This topic as stated is seeking to answer a question for which there
may be no answer yet -- more scientific and long-term research may need
to be done. How can this be turned into a more manageable topic?
Hint 1: Look for parallels and opportunities for broader
- Could you examine other bioengineered foods, in addition to
- Could you think broadly about safety concerns and issues -- what
might these be?
- Who are the key players in this controversy? Consumer activists? The
- What other issues are involved in this topic? Such as, how should be
foods be labeled?
Hint 2: Brainstorm! (and ask a reference librarian!)
Sample Topic Broadening Chart:
||Are genetically altered soybeans safe for
||bioengineered or genetically altered foods
|general: US, Europe
|Brainstorm Focus on: Person or Group:
||consumer advocates vs FDA and scientists
|Brainstorm Focus on:
Event or Aspect:
|labeling foods; regulations