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Information Literacy Self-Guided Tutorial

The Rensselaer Libraries provides access to ProQuest's Research Companion - a self-guided tutorial of the entire research process. Create a free account to earn badges, keep track of your progress, and access pre- and post-video assessment questions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Researchers will know how to create a main claim, or thesis, that is debatable and provable.
  • Researchers will understand how to narrow their thesis statement so that it’s hard to refute
  • Researchers will know how to acknowledge and address counterarguments in their thesis statement
  • Researchers will understand how to use their thesis statement to forecast their argument’s organization

Video Playlist Includes:

  • Thesis statements as debatable claims (2:01)
  • Provable (1:51)
  • Difficult to refute (2:00)
  • Addresses competing claims (1:50)
  • Educates readers (0:52)
  • The mechanics of writing a good thesis statement (1:44)
  • Relevance test (1:00)