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Define the Purpose, Consider the Audience and Develop the Thesis


By now you most likely have a topic for your research paper in mind. (If you don’t yet have a topic, pick up a copy of the handout titled “Generate Ideas.”) You may even have begun to refine your topic, but an important part of refining your topic involves considering your purpose and audience and understanding how your purpose and audience relate. Once you clearly understand your purpose and audience, you can begin to develop a tentative thesis.

Three parts make up this handout:

Additionally, you can see the works cited list for this handout.