If you are truly interested in your topic, the research process should generate excitement.
Think of yourself as an investigative reporter or a detective uncovering information that is as yet undiscovered.
When choosing a topic, search for something that meets the following criteria: ü Is the topic interesting to me? The outline should serve as a road map for your journey with your thesis as your navigator – it tells you where to go.
If you are bored with the topic, you will probably bore your reader as well. When writing your outline, keep your destination in mind.
Your thesis does not need to be an absolute truth but something that will provoke thought and can be proven by your research.
We can now make our research questions above into effective, focused thesis statements.
Sample thesis statements: · America became isolationist after World War I because economic prosperity at home led to apathy towards foreign policy.
· Shakespeare’s anti-Semitism is a reflection of the time period in which he wrote.
Sample questions like these will help you to define your tasks: · Why was America isolationist after World War I?
· What role does anti-Semitism play in Shakespeare’s plays? · What role does DNA analysis play in criminal investigations?