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Ace your Assignment: Step 1: Your Topic

General guide to finding great resources for your research assignments.

What will I write about?

General Topic: Usually a few words or a phrase that you'd be interested in researching.

  • Media Violence
  • Gun laws
  • Climate Change
  • Bullying
  • Animal Rights
  • Women's Issues
  • Anything else you can think of!

Background Research: Searching and reading a variety of information about your general topic in order to decide where you want to focus your research.

Google Web Search

The Thesis Statement

The thesis statement is a sentence within the introduction of your paper describing what you will discuss through the rest of the paper.

  • Should be debatable
  • Should be specific to what you will cover in your paper

Examples:

Violence in the media is a significant contributor to the recent gun violence in schools.

Intervention and education can reduce the amount of bullying that occurs in schools.

Choosing Keywords

Subject Guide

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Benchmark

Write a thesis statement for your paper.

Write a list of keywords you can use.