Finding a Research Topic and Writing the Research Thesis! Let the fun begin!! Evaluating a Subject




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Finding a Research Topic and Writing the Research Thesis!

Let the fun begin!!

Evaluating a Subject

Questions to ask yourself when evaluating a potential topic.
  • Am I truly interested?

  • Does it meet the requirements of the assignment?

  • Do I have access to enough information?

  • Is the subject limited enough?



Focus Your Efforts

  • Choose a general subject area

  • Specific subject

  • Focus or special interest



Now You Can Write Your Thesis…

Remember your thesis is a work in progress!

A research thesis takes a stand or expresses a particular feeling or feature of your subject. Try to write a few different versions and then choose the one you feel has the right tone and information.

A simple formula to follow

Your specific subject + your particular stand, feeling, or feature = effective research thesis

Example

Topic: Dangers of cigarette smoke

Specific subject: secondhand smoke

Thesis statement: Although it has been proven that cigarette smoking may lead to sundry health problems in the smoker, the social acceptance of smoking in public places demonstrates that many still do not consider secondhand smoke as dangerous to one's health as firsthand smoke.

Another example . . .

  • Topic: What should high school students do after graduation.

  • Specific Subject: High School students should take a “gap year”

  • Thesis: High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.



Remember . . .

  • The goal of your thesis is to present the main idea and argument of your paper.

  • Your paper should seek to prove you thesis through specific evidence.

Sources

Allen, Brizee and Elyssa Tardiff. "Purdue OWL: Creating a Thesis Statment." Purdue OWL: Creating a Thesis Statement. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.

Sebranek, Patrick, Verne Meyer, and Dave Kemper. Writers Inc. Burlington, WI: Write Source Educational Pub. House, 1992. Print.

Topic Practice

  • What is a political cause/issue that resonates with you?

  • What is a social cause/issue that resonates with you?

  • What needs to change during your lifetime?

  • What needs to change in school? Sharon?



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