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The research skills tutorial

Investigating Step 3:
Writing a working thesis statement

 A good working thesis statement saves you time and keeps you focused.


All the time and effort you put into researching is wasted unless you can focus on what you need. How do you do that? By establishing a working thesis statement. Plan to revise it several times as you learn more about your topic.

A working thesis statement helps you concentrate on what you want and ignore information that is irrelevant. Consider the following working thesis statement.


Profilers have played a necessary role in catching serial killers