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Fairy Tales: Getting Started


Before you start your research, you need to create a narrow research topic or question that fits the scope of your assignment.  You also need search terms that describe your topic so that you can use them to find sources for your topic. This page will help you do these things.

Narrowing Your Topics

Picking Your Topic IS Research

Narrowing Your Topic

Examples of Narrowing Down Your Topic

Use the last column to help you develop your essential question.  

Essential Question=the question your paper is trying to answer

Developing a Thesis Statement

Thesis Statement=your answer to your essential question; your position on the topic; the main idea of the paper

A well-written thesis statement has two parts:

1.The answer to your essential question (your position).
2.Your reasons. 


My essential question=  Should smoking be banned in public places?

Supporting Your Thesis

Further Topic Narrowing Help