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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
Topic keywords: Charter schools
Your Research Question/Interest might be: Do students learn better in charter schools?
Thesis Statement: Students in urban charter schools have better test scores than students in urban public schools.
How to Write a Thesis Statement
Need help with writing your paper. Try one of these resources.
This tutorial from the University of Texas at Arlington will help you learn how to acknowledge sources and avoid plagiarism.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Probably the best known online source that provides assistance with all types of writing. Also provides extensive resources for APA style.
(Currently covers APA 6th edition, with APA 7th expected in Spring 2020)
WPUNJ Writing Center
The Writing Center provides one-on-one tutoring for students in any stage of writing. Sessions typically take 30 to 60 minutes, and can cover style, logic, voice, transitions, grammar, and organization. They do not proofread students' work. The Writing Center can be found on the main campus in Atrium 128, or at the Valley Road building, V3048.