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Once you understand your assignment, it's time to move on to writing your thesis statement and coming up with some ideas.
Check out these resources for more information:
100 Thesis Statement Examples
See examples of thesis statements for a variety of topics and essay types.
Use this interactive tool to start brainstorming your topic.
Once you have decided on a topic, you need to come up with some keywords to help you search for resources.
How to Search Effectively
Learning how to combine keywords is the first step in learning how to search effectively.
Popular vs Scholary Resources
Which types of resources do you need? Investigate some of the differences between scholarly and popular resources.
Learn how accidental plagiarism happens and how to avoid it.
Create and practice building citations according to MLA style.
Understanding the Assignment
Use these multi-disciplinary databases and tutorials to locate information sources for your papers..
Academic Search Ultimate
Popular and scholarly resources including journals, magazine, and newspaper articles.
Provides access to the archives of leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
Enables specific searches of scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, pre-prints, abstracts, and technical reports.
Reliable News Sources
While a news source may be found in a reliable database, it is still important to critically evaluate the information.Peer-review and other forms of checks and balances make it more difficult for false information to get through, but these are not perfect systems.
Access World News
Find articles from local (Arizona Daily Star), national, and international newspapers, and news transcripts and video clips; date coverage varies by news source.
Find news from U.S. and international newspapers, television and radio broadcasts, newswires, and blogs, as well as business profiles, patents, and legal research.
Note: May require users to log in with their NetID even on campus.
Find news from from international, national, and regional newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites, with various coverage from 1980s-current.