Academic Writing – The Thesis Statement

Academic Writing – The Thesis Statement

“Developing Strong Thesis Statements”, Stacy Weida and Karl Stolley
In: Purdue Online Writing Lab, last edited: 23 November 2013
Accessed on: 04.04.2017

Briefly, the characteristics of a good thesis statement are as follows:

1. The thesis statement must be debatable. The aim of your paper is to argue for the claim that is in the thesis statement, and persuade your readers to agree with you on your claim.

2. The thesis needs to be narrow. This allows you to focus on making your argument(s) in your paper and find the necessary secondary sources to support your thesis. If your thesis is too broad, there might be more loopholes in your arguments, and you would not be able to cover all grounds to persuade your readers of your claim. Remember that there is a page limit for the paper as well.

3. Know which type of claim the thesis statement is making. The statement can question if something is a fact or if it is correctly defined. It can also argue a causal relationship between to things or people. The statement can also make claims about the value of something (for instance, if the value of Brutalist architecture in London).  The paper can also make claims about the viability of a solution or policy to a problem.

Think about the claim that you want your paper to make, and why you want to persuade your readers of this claim. Your paper begins with the introduction that comprises, amongst other things, your thesis statement and probably its relevance to the real world (past or present). Make sure your thesis statement a strong one and make sure to inform your reader why this topic and your claim are important enough for him/her to be interested in your argument.

* Note: As you develop your paper, you should always keep the thesis statement in mind. Whenever possible, it should be clear that your paragraphs support your paper’s claim. Make references to the claim in different words to keep your paragraphs relevant. It is normal to update your thesis statement as you write – sometimes you might find more information that helps you to tighten your statement. Update your statement if you have to. In the end, be sure that the statement, the arguments, and the conclusion of your paper are aligned with one another.

“10 Thesis Statement Examples to Inspire Your Next Argumentative Essay”, Naomi Tepper
In: Kibin, 14 July 2014.
Accessed on: 04.04.2017

“The Writer’s Handbook: Developing a Thesis Statement”, n.A.
In: University of Wisconsin, 6 March 2017.
Accessed on: 04.04.2017

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