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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.