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ENGL 101: Composition I: Your Topic

Background Research

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

Video courtesy of North Carolina State University Libraries:  http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/

libnscu (2014, May 1). Picking your topic is research [video file].  Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0B3Gjlu-1o

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Thesis Statement/ Research Question

The research question is a sentence that helps you define what exactly you are trying to answer with your paper.

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

Examples:

Has media violence contributed to the increase in mass shootings?

What are the legal arguments against the legalization of marijuana?

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