Notre Dame Libraries Information Literacy Pot of Gold

Hesburgh Libraries

University of Notre Dame

  1. Home
  2. Introduction
  3. Information Cycle
  4. Investigating
  5. Searching
  6. Locating
  7. Evaluating
  8. Utilizing
  9. Ask a Librarian
  10. Acknowledgements

Investigating

Investigating Step 3:
Writing a working thesis statement

All the time and effort you put into researching is wasted unless you can focus on what you need. How do you do that? By establishing a working thesis statement. Plan to revise it several times as you learn more about your topic.

A working thesis statement helps you concentrate on what you want and ignore information that is irrelevant. Consider the following working thesis statement.

Using this statement for a paper allows you to skip over the sources:

  • that do not deal with profiling.
  • that do not deal with the apprehension of serial killers.
  • that deal only with the injustices of "racial profiling."

A good working thesis statement saves you time and keeps you focused.

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