Research Process 1.pptx

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R
ESEARCH

P
APER


Topics, Research, Library Sources and
Thesis Writing

Step One: Pick a Topic


What do I like?


What do I want to know more
about?


What will hold my interest for
4
-
6 pages
?


What can I prove about my potential
topic?


Will I be able to find reliable sources?


Will I be able to find the required
sources?

S
AMPLE

T
OPICS



Juvenile Death Penalty


Alternative Energy Sources


Education


Genetic Disorders/ Syndromes



Censorship


Iraq War


Organ Donors


Genetic Engineering


Negative Impact of large salaries/ media


English as US language


Research Drugs


Dress Code


Public Smoking Laws






G
ENERAL

T
OPIC

Your general topic




should not be too broad or too narrow




should be of interest to you



should be “researchable” information



S
PECIFIC

T
OPIC

Your Specific Topic



Your goal now is to narrow your research topic
based on the information you have found



Find a topic you can get enough information on
for 4
-
6 pages. Choosing too many topics will
result in too much information.


Example
-

Mental disorders


Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, ADD, Multiple
Personalities, etc


CHOOSE ONE OF THESE DISORDERS TO
RESEARCH, not all of them.


Thesis Statements

A thesis sums up what the paper will tell
the reader. It is not the topic. The topic is
the
subject

of the paper, the thesis tells
the reader something
about

the topic. The
thesis should be at least one complete
sentence, it must be logical, and the writer
must make a claim that he or she can
prove

with the content of the paper.


Rules for Writing a Thesis Statement


It must be a complete sentence.



It can not be a question.


It should be provable with facts, anecdotes,
stories, etc.


It needs to represent you and your ideas.


Do
not generalize
.


Do not use first or second person pronouns.


Do not use clichés.

S
AMPLE

T
HESIS

S
TATEMENTS


Topic:
Video Technology


Thesis:
Video and audio techniques have become so
advanced, the movie industry can and will be able to
create lifelike scenes and actions.



Topic:
Mike Piazza


Thesis:
With his leadership skills, offensive output,
and work ethic, Mike Piazza excels as the best Major
League catcher in the history of baseball.



Topic:
Graphic Design


Thesis:
The Graphic design industry has taken the
video game to a whole new level and because of
advancing technology, will continue to do so in the
future.

S
AMPLE

T
HESIS

S
TATEMENTS

(
CONTINUED
)


Topic:

Middle East Conflict


Thesis:

Different Moslem ideologies make Israeli
-
Palestinian peace difficult.



Topic:

Navy Recruitment


Thesis:

The United States Navy has a history of
attracting the finest men and women to serve in its
forces, and will continue to meet the naval needs of the
nation by enlisting highly qualified individuals in its
service.



Topic:

Death Penalty


Thesis:

The death penalty has always been a popular
form of punishment in the United States, and will
continue to thrive due to new technology and research.

P
ROVING

THE

THESIS
:


What do I already know about
this subject?


Where can I verify that
information in print?


What do I still need to find out?


What will I need to cover to
prove my thesis?

A
RGUMENTATIVE

R
ESEARCH

P
APER


An argumentative paper makes a claim
about a topic and justifies this clam
with specific evidence.


The claim can be an opinion, a policy
proposal, an evaluation, a cause
-
and
-
effect statement, or an interpretation.


The goal of the argumentative paper is
to convince the audience that the claim
is true based on the evidence provided.

E
XAMPLE

OF

A
RGUMENTATIVE

THESIS

STATEMENT


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.



The paper that follows should:


present an argument and give evidence
to support the claim that students
should pursue community projects
before entering college.

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