Introduce the topic/thesis/question/hypothesis and discuss the scope you will cover. For whom is this guide designed? Will it be focused on a particular time period? Region? How comprehensive is this tool?

What are the big issues or questions people in the area are pondering? What supplementary questions will help researchers understand the bigger questions? You will likely want to begin by asking solid, focused questions.
See our Question Brainstormer and use the US History Question Brainstormer as a model.

Most important: State your thesis. See Mr. Eickhoff or Dr. Valenza to help brainstorm and develop your thesis and to get it approved. For more information about developing a thesis, consult our Research Guide.
Pay particular attention to the Thesis Generator and
Developing a Thesis.