After completing this course, you will be able to: - choose appropriate research topics for college classes - write detailed outlines for research papers - find source material for research papers - take and organize good notes for research - use appropriate academic tone and language - document sources by creating a Works Cited list in MLA format - avoid plagiarizing your sources In this module, you will learn more about finding sources.
Then you'll learn about how to be organized in your research by taking good notes on your sources.
It tells the reader what to expect in a paper and what the specific focus will be.
Common beginnings include: A purpose statement makes a promise to the reader about the development of the argument but does not preview the particular conclusions that the writer has drawn.
Key words (nouns and verbs) should be specific, accurate, and indicative of the range of research, thrust of the argument or analysis, and the organization of supporting information.
A purpose statement announces the purpose, scope, and direction of the paper.Notice each thesis statement is also somewhat complex, both in the topic and in the grammar.None of the thesis statements are very short either.Or people might even say, it would have gone much longer. You just want to avoid anything that's too short and simple. This one would be for a public health class or a sociology class. It's debatable because it uses the word should.Pregnant women who are addicted to drugs must be admitted to hospitals to receive treatment so that their babies are not born dependent. This statement has as topic, and it has a controlling idea. People could disagree about this, because they may ask who's going to pay for this, or they may think that it won't solve the problem. That's an easy way to make your thesis debatable.And for a research paper, your thesis also needs to be complex. This sentence has a topic, and it has a controlling idea. Prison sentences for violent criminals should not provide the opportunity for early parole because of good behavior.It's also debatable because people in this field of study could say that 50 years is too long, it wouldn't have gone that long. Again, this sentence has a topic, it has a controlling idea.Also, you'll learn about writing an annotated bibliography, which is a common assignment when writing a research paper in college.This is just a very short lesson on writing thesis statements.A purpose statement is specific enough to satisfy the requirements of the assignment.Purpose statements are common in research papers in some academic disciplines, while in other disciplines they are considered too blunt or direct.