Research Writing SY2006

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Writing a Thesis Statement

From Purdue University

"A thesis statement is a sentence (or sentences) that expresses the main ideas of your paper and answers the question or questions posed by your paper. It offers your readers a quick and easy to follow summary of what the paper will be discussing and what you as a writer are setting out to tell them. The kind of thesis that your paper will have will depend on the purpose of your writing. This handout will cover general thesis statement tips, explain some of the different types of thesis statements, and provide some links to other resources about writing thesis statements."

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How to generate thesis statements:

Q: “What are the potential benefits of using computers in a fourth-grade class?”

A: “The potential benefits of using computers in a fourth-grade class are . . . .”

OR

A: “Using computers in a fourth-grade class promises to improve . . . .”

The answer to the question is the thesis statement for the essay.

For more go to Indiana University writing website, click here

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