So far you have explored your topic, identifying areas and issues that interest you, and you may have identified some books, articles and/or Web sites that appear useful. It's time now to come back to your topic and think about it some more. Specifically, you must move from a general topic question to a thesis statement.
The goal of research is for you to find evidence to support YOUR ideas about an issue or problem. Based on what you learned through your initial exploration, you will now be looking for information that will support your argument. To really defend your ideas, you must also present (and refute) existing counter-arguments.
As you proceed, you have two simultaneous tasks:
To make these tasks easier, consider your answers to the following:
The answers to these questions will influence where you look to find more information as well as how you evaluate the search results you find.