Once you have found relevant resources, you can begin using these sources to begin to construct your argument. This section will help you develop use the information that you gathered to develop your thesis statement and to construct an outline of your paper.
Read the sources you have collected and take notes. Make sure to keep track of where you are getting each piece of information.
You can use the template below as a way to keep track of your notes.
Here is an example of one way to record your Research Notes for each of your sources
Write a thesis statement. Your thesis statement is the main argument of your paper and should be 1-2 sentences long.
You can use resources from The Learning Portal’s page on Creating a Thesis Statement for help.
To address the research question, “Can alternative energy sources help stop global warming?”, the following could be a potential thesis statement:
It is a good idea to outline the structure of your paper before you actually start writing. First, write down the main points you will be making in your paper and then determine how you will organize the paper.
This is an example of one of the ways that you can structure your paper. Your structure may differ based on the type of paper that you are writing.
View the Sample Essay Outline in the Writing Module of The Learning Portal.
Concept Mapping is a great way of organizing ideas to show relationships between things. You can use it to map out the ideas in your paper.