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Ideas to Help You Create a Sufficiently Narrow Thesis
Finally: Why is your question important? Why is it relevant to the field and why should your reader continue reading? Create a compelling case.
Note: You will need to do a fair amount of reading in order to accomplish the tasks above. Remember, you will become an expert on this topic!
The goal of a literature review is to determine the current state of knowledge on a topic. This will provide context for your reader, and you will explain how your thesis expands upon what is already known. This section helps define the path along which you will take your readers.
And this is where your research comes in! Seek all scholarly information (or data) that relates to your topic, including information that contradicts your ideas. By addressing contradictions in your paper, you will be more convincing.
If you feel like you are putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle, you are (in a way)!
To organize information from your sources, use this synthesis matrix provided by North Carolina State University.