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ENG 152: Universal Healthcare: Home

Example Thesis Statement

The federal government should establish a universal healthcare program because it creates an equitable standard of care, improves the health
of the population, and reduces the personal financial strains associated with an employer-based system.

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Universal Health Care

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ENG 152 Information Literacy Objectives

INFORMATION LITERACY is one of MCC's four general education goals. Information Literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate and use information effectively. In this session, you will learn how to:

1. Select appropriate search tools to identify and locate information sources.

2. Construct effective database searches.

These skills will help you find quality, appropriate resources for your research assignments.

The Research Process

This guide will walk you through the research process for the sample thesis statement above.

  1. Start with your research question or thesis statement.
  2. Identify key concepts.
  3. Identify keywords related to those concepts.
  4. Choose your search tools.
  5. Test your search.
  6. Revise/refine your search.

Key Concepts and Related Keywords

Once we have our thesis statement (1) the next steps are to identify the key concepts (2) and related keywords (3) to help us find relevant sources in the library catalog and databases.

 

The key concepts of our thesis statement are in red:

The federal government should establish a universal healthcare program because it creates an equitable standard of care, improves the health of the population, and reduces the personal financial strains associated with an employer-based system.

 

Some keywords related to those concepts:

Health care reform, national health services, health care equity, health disparities, medical care, population heath, public health, medical care costs, out of pocket medical costs

 

Now that we've identified some keywords, we can choose our search tools (4) and test our search (5)

  • Click the yellow Finding Books & Media tab to use the library catalog.
  • Click the yellow Finding Articles & More tab to use learn more about using library databases to find scholarly, peer-reviewed sources.

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