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IGED Writing Courses: Home


This research guide presents recommended resources for UDC's IGED writing courses (IGED 110/110C, 111/111C, and 210/210C).

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Writing a Strong Thesis Statement

To write a strong research paper, you’ll need a clear and strong thesis statement. A thesis statement is a sentence (or sometimes two) that succinctly lays out your argument for your paper. What are you asserting and what evidence will you use?

Below, you’ll find a helpful checklist to help you think through writing a strong thesis statement.


Recommended Databases

These databases are excellent for background research on a topic you are researching and writing about:


These databases offer scholarly articles, magazine articles, newspaper articles, and e-books on a broad range of topic:

Newspapers and Newswires

Newspapers and newswires report information via research, interviews, surveys, speeches, etc. They can provide the latest information on what people are thinking about your topic. Reading different newspapers may provide different perspectives for you to consider in your research.

Newspapers and newswires are available in the following databases:

Multimedia Resources

Multimedia resources or databases are where you can find streaming video or audio content. These databases contain news clips, training videos, podcasts, audio stories, and other media content.