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SPED6320: Research in Special Education: Getting Started

How to Write a Thesis Statement

Developing your Research Topic

Choosing a research topic is something that you'll do in collaboration with your professor/advisor, but can be essential to making the research process a great one.  Some things to consider when selecting the focus of your research:

  • Start with a topic that interests you.
  • Get Background Information (Credo Reference's Academic Core or the Books & Media search are good places to start!)
  • Note keywords, names, places, organizations
  • Develop your research question
  • Is your research question too broad or narrow (Do some preliminary searching in our Education Databases, to see what information is already out there!)
  • 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.


Assignment Calculator

If this is your first time working on a large research project, or if you need a little help staying on track, the Cheng Library's Assignment Calculator can be a great tool for you!

Just enter your start and end dates and it will generate suggested deadlines for each part of the research process!

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