Microsoft powerpoint - constructing a thesis statement for a research paper
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What a thesis statement should
A thesis statement should be limited
A thesis statement makes a claim
A thesis should state a logical asser
that is not a readily available truth
can be proven through the accumulated
and analyzed evidence.
A thesis statement should do one of the following:
seek the truth (beyond that which is already
argue a point (that may not be the majority
propose solutions (that are not currently being
clarify a theory (with which many do not agree
challenge conventional wisdom (through the
repudiation of common thought, supported by
exhaustive research that supports the new
verify its truth, why write about it?
Revised: Because the polygraph has not been proven
reliable, even under the most controlled conditions, the government should ban its use by private employers.
not be used) and a narrow focus (by private employers). This claim would be argued
drugs are not successfully treating mental illnesses? Are you just going to catalog successful treatments?
Revised: Despite its risks and side effects, Prozac is an
treatment) with a narrow focus (for depression). The claim must be supported b
The word “bad” is subject to multiple interpretations. What
criteria will be established to evaluate “bad”?
poignant war movie because it forces Americans to view,
and even sympathize with, combatants traditionally seen as
Notice the specific claim
(Letters from Iwo Jima is an effective
sympathy enemies). This claim would be a point of contention
for many, since people generally have strong feelings about
Too on-the-fence: Seat belts can save lives, but now
This compare-and-contrast paper is set to simply outline
often, carmakers might not have needed to install air
This paper establishes a clear relationship between these
two items; it suggests a superiority of one over the other
This cause-and-effect paper needs limiting with some
Revised: Fad diets can be dangerous when they deprive
the body of essential nutrients or rely excessively on potentially harmful foods.
This paper establishes a clear effect (danger) from a
specifically is. Because fad diets are popular with many, this is an argument
A w ak thesis yields nothing more or less than an absolutely uninteresting paper
(depending on the error of your thesis), you have no pur
Most papers with weak thesis statements exhibit
: large clumps of unfiltered
data and research that pertains only tangentially to
the thesis statement.
Fabrizio Roncaglia Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum Laureato in Chimica con lode presso l’Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, il dott. Fabrizio Roncaglia, ha ottenuto la sua prima pubblicazione col lavoro di Tesi di Laurea, riguardo l’ α- peralogenazione di aldeidi alifatiche. Nei successivi cinque anni, ha lavorato nell’industria: due anni presso “Tecoma s.r.l.”, oc
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