Answered By: Sara Fillbrandt, Digital Services Librarian
Last Updated: Apr 02, 2018     Views: 21396

Generally, you will want to begin with background information on your topic. Gathering background information will help you identify keywords related to your topic and will help you identify the "conversation" around your topic (the pros and cons, the differing points of view, the arguments or unresolved areas), which will in turn help you turn your topic into a thesis.

Background information might come from:

Once you have background information and you have an idea of thesis you want to support, you will likely want to look for information that supports your thesis.

Try the following research resources:

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