For example, know if you should write a compare and contrast essay, a persuasive essay or an argumentative essay.
Here’s why: Let’s say you write an amazing essay comparing The Simpsons and Family Guy.
Look at this example: Let’s say you decide to write about social media. “Social media” is too broad of a search and doesn’t include any focus.
(Note: you’re starting your search here without a thesis.)Typing “social media” in a search box will produce a list of all kinds of results, from a list of different types of social media sites, to social media in the news, to social media in schools. Try the search again with a working thesis, such as “Social media can cause teens to feel isolated.”Suddenly, your results change.
Understand your assignment’s guidelines, including the topic requirements.
You should also know what type of paper you should be writing.
If you want to be stressed out, over-worked, and frustrated beyond belief because you just can’t find any “good” sources, then feel free to start researching without a working thesis.
If you want to work harder than you have to, then start researching without a thesis. Here’s why: A thesis is the controlling idea of your paper.
You can’t just grab a few random sources and try to make them work. True: Writing a research paper can be difficult and can seem overwhelming. It takes time and effort to find and evaluate sources, organize your information, and write the paper.
True: Writing a research paper is very time consuming.