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EDLP6030: Educational Research: Getting Started

Managing your Time

How to Write a Thesis Statement

  Have a Question? Contact a Librarian:

By phone

Call 973-720-2116

The Reference Desk is staffed until 10PM Sunday-Friday and until 8:00pm on Saturday.

By e-mail

Send your question to the Reference Desk via email -   Allow 24 hours for a response. 

Schedule a Research Appointment

Contact the library for an appointment with a Reference Librarian: Schedule Research Help  

Developing your Research Topic

  • Start with a topic that interests you.
  • Get Background Information
  • Note keywords, names, places, organizations
  • Develop your research question
  • Is your research question too broad or narrow (some prelimary searching/reading will help you determine this)
  • Develop a thesis statement

For example,

Topic keywords: Literacy, school librarians, school library media center

Your Research Question/Interest might be: How can a certified school librarian help create a culture of literacy in my school?

Thesis Statement: Students in schools with a certified school librarian and a well supported school library have better reading test scores than students in schools without a certified school librarian and school library.


Education Librarian

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Neil Grimes
Education & Curriculum Materials Librarian
Office, Room 114c
David and Lorraine Cheng Library
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470