Arriving at a Possible Thesis for an Essay Requiring Research
A In The St. Martin's Handbook, Third Edition [italics], Andrea Lunsford and Robert Connors suggest a process for moving from a topic to a research "hypothesis," by way of examining the "issue" at hand and framing this issue as a "research question." The following is an example of how I might move from topic to hypothesis if my narrowed topic is "rising property taxes in small towns in the Rocky Mountain region."
- Topic:Rising property taxes in small towns in the Rocky Mountain region
- Issue: The effects of these rising taxes on long-time residents and landowners in the small towns
- Research Question: What are the effects of rising property taxes on long-time residents and landowners in small towns in the Rocky Mountain region?
- Hypothesis: Because these taxes are increasingly difficult to pay, small town "natives" find themselves unable to hold onto their property.
This hypothesis, like a working thesis, is simply an early speculation on what I might find when I begin to research. As I read more and more about my topic, I will probably find that I need to make changes to the hypothesis in order to make it a supportable thesis. As I uncover new information about my topic, I will want to alter my working thesis accordingly, until it is workable and supportable.