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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Developing a Thesis Statement

Now that you have some ideas on the topic, it is a good idea to develop a research question about the written assignment. The question should be neither too broad nor too narrow and contain all the elements required in the assignment. If you compose a great research question, you should be able to answer it easily, and this answer becomes a preliminary thesis statement.

A thesis statement should answer the questions “How”? and “Why”?  It should also pass the “So what?” test. In other words, if a reader’s first response is, “So what? Why are you telling me this?” then you need to clarify, to forge a relationship or to connect the thesis to a larger issue.

Ultimately, the thesis should be significant to the reader. A thesis must take a position that others might challenge. If you, as the writer, cannot foresee any objections to the thesis, then it is not strong enough.

Thesis development: Impact example

We are now at the stage where we will create a thesis statement from our brainstorming. Our brainstorming web has been completed, and we need to know a topic to search for in the library.

This thesis statement is intended to guide our research process and the outline of our paper. Our thesis statement can also be called our research question or research statement.

Let us begin by taking a look at our thesis statement checklist. As we can see, our thesis statement is intended to drive the focus of our paper. We have already brainstormed our ideas and narrowed our topic to become more precise.

Following my brainstorming work, I have created a sample thesis statement which will lead my research. This thesis statement will lead me to research new technological advances in music and music piracy. Similar to my brainstorming, this statement is broad which will allow me plenty of room to explore throughout my research.

As you research, your topic will become more defined based on the information you find through your research.

Throughout my research process, I have redefined my thesis to look more at morals and the legality of music piracy. I have adapted my research statement to reflect this more refined focus.

This is by no means my final research statement. It has the potential to change as I further my research and begin writing the drafts of my paper.

Thesis development: Psychology example