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Writing a Thesis Statement
This may be much earlier in the research process than you're used to, but experienced researchers find it very helpful to create a thesis statement and even a very brief outline before searching for resources.

A thesis statement:
  • tells you define the point of your research
  • helps organize and develop your argument
  • limits your subject to a particular focus related to a larger topic
  • is supported by the evidence you found in your research
  • points to your conclusion

Like the "scientific method" used in an applied research project, the thesis statement created at this pre-writing stage is like a hypothesis that must be proved or disproved. Count on changing it after you have found enough information to support or refute your statement.

Remember: the research process is NOT truly as linear as it appears.