Take it step by step...
1. Identify your research question.
What are some scientific issues making the news lately? Perform a Google News searchlink will open in a new window for a trending science topic and find something that you'd like to learn more about.
*Helpful Hint: When turning a broad topic into a research question, use the words Why, How, Should and Could to brainstorm possible question ideas.
2. Search for Empirical Studies.
Before you can develop a thesis, you need to get an overview of your topic. Search for your chosen topic in a science database like ProQuest Sciencelink will open in a new window or Science Directlink will open in a new window.
Get help searching in this guide's Develop Your Search Strategy sectionlink will open in a new window.
3. Develop Your Thesis.
First, collect and organize your empirical articles.
Next, look for possible relationships between the article, such as surprising contrasts or similarities.
Create a “working thesis” that presents your basic idea or argument. Don't be afraid to revisit your thesis many times!
4. Create an annotated bibliography.
5. Synthesize your findings.
How do all the empirical articles you've found fit together? You will need to apply the scientific method to the findings of the articles to prove your own thesis. Describe the data other researcher present in their articles, and apply your own analysis to prove your point.
If you need help with any step along the way, talk to your instructor or schedule an appointment with a Librarian using the button below.
Use the worksheet below to help you stay organized as you gather the empirical articles for your study:
What are the best Library Resources for this assignment?
If you've conducted a search in Science DirectLink will open in a new window, but struggled to narrow that search to the best articles for your needs, try using filters. This video from ElsevierLink will Open in a New Window, the publisher of Science Direct, will show you how!
Check out this guide's Develop Your Search Strategy link will open in a new window section for more help.