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1. Choosing a topic and getting started
Choosing a Topic from OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab
From The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina
Provides a host of techniques - freewriting, Listing, Cubing - to brainstorm about and refine topics.
Narrow your topic by focusing on:
- Social Aspect
- Cultural Aspect
- Historical Aspect (time)
- Combining two similar topics*
- Combining two or more of the aspects above
* Narrow your topic by joining together related concepts. But beware. The outcome must be feasible, not too narrow, and interesting. This is why you need to perform some background research.
3. Thesis Statement
Writing a Thesis Statement
Picture a person saying to you, "I don't have time to read your whole paper. Just tell me in one sentence what your main point is." Your answer-- --is the thesis
4. Writing outlines and Abstracts