Step 5. Determine Purpose & Thesis Statement
Be specific about the questions that your research will address. Remember that academic research is not merely reporting about a topic or investigating a story like a journalist; you will need to develop a question about your topic that can be answered through the analysis of academic sources.
- Example Topic:
- Example Research Question: Does the use of liquid manure fertilizer negatively impact organic farming in New England?
After you have a research question, think about the type of information you will need to answer that question.
As you form a hypothesis, you will need to gather sources that support your ideas and will help prove your statement.
- Example Thesis Statement: