How does _____ contribute to _____? Or, What is the impact of ____ on ____? (What is the impact of poverty on mental health in adulthood? Does being raised in a single-parent household in Canada have an impact on children? What community programs help reduce family poverty?)
How you choose to answer your research question is up to you, but your response to the question should be backed by research that shows evidence to support or oppose the views being expressed.
Take keywords from your research question and formulate a search:
|"single parent" OR "lone parent"||child* OR baby OR kid||Canada|
|"community program" OR "social services"||reduce OR impact OR effective||poverty|
What do I want to tell my reader? A thesis should tell the purpose of the paper.
You would never build a house without a blue-print, so why would you write an essay without one? Build the scaffolding before filling in the details. Break out topics and sections first so you know where your paper is going, and you know your research needs.
Identify your keywords before searching. Use a thesaurus to come up with synonyms for the same word to expand search results.
Find a good article? Check the citations or reference list and search OCtopus to find the articles used by the author.
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