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Identify and develop your topic

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What is the research process?

Understanding Writing Assignments (Purdue OWL)

This resource describes some steps you can take to better understand the requirements of your writing assignments.

How do I begin researching?

Brainstorming (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

This site from the writing center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill outlines several different brainstorming strategies to help you begin researching. 

Choosing a Topic (Purdue University)

From the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University, this website helps you to choose a topic so you can more effectively research. 

Choosing and Narrowing Research Topics (YouTube - peakdavid)

This short (6:33) video discusses how to choose and narrow your topic. 

How do I write a thesis statement?

How to Write a Thesis Statement (Indiana University)

This page from the Writing Tutorial Services at Indiana University - Bloomington describes the importance of a strong thesis statement and explains how to constuct a thesis statement. 

Weak and Strong Thesis Statements (YouTube - Kate O'Neill)

In this short tutorial video, Kate O'Neill uses examples from Harry Potter to demonstrate the qualities of strong and weak thesis statements. 

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