Tutor profile: Amy C.
I'm trying to develop a thesis for an argumentative paper, how do I get started?
With an argumentative paper, you are trying to convince your audience of something based on the evidence you provide. Your thesis statement should be specific, and it should appear at the end of your first paragraph. You can start with a thesis, but as you collect your evidence, be prepared for your thesis to possibly change as you gather more information. That's OK.
Subject: Study Skills
I'm a student trying to write a research paper and I'm having a hard time keeping track of all the sources I'm supposed to use.
One way to do this is to start a notebook with a page for each source you encounter that you want to use. At the top of each page, write down the information for the source, like the URL or the author, title, year, etc so that you can find the item again in case you need it. As you read the source, take notes of pieces you would like to use with the page number out beside it, as you will need this for your paper later. if it's a direct quote, make sure you put quotation marks around it.
Subject: Library and Information Science
I'm having trouble finding information about my paper topic - the minimum wage should be raised.
You should try the databases available at your library or school, and also Google Scholar, and you should also search for keywords such as: "minimum wage" AND "pro". You can also try alternate keywords such as the slogan for the latest march: "Raise the wage act" in quotes to make sure you search for that exact phrase. You can also search for minimum wage statistics in Google and pay attention to websites from that end in .gov such as bls.gov. Another good source for statistics would be Pew Research. Make sure you copy down every website you visit and article information you find so that you can cite properly in your paper later.
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