Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Developing a thesis statement, part of Writing Research Papers.
…That all-important thesis statement.…Think of it as the umbrella for everything that will be in your paper.…It's the big idea, the main idea, the most important idea, the controlling idea,…whatever you want to call it.…It's your starting point.…It should be as specific as possible.…You give yourself a clear idea of what to include in the paper, and…eventually you give your reader a clear idea of what to expect in the paper.…Sometimes, you may compose a thesis statement before beginning the research.…
Other times you may be uncertain exactly what your main idea will be.…So, you research the general ideas and then write the thesis.…Let's look at both situations.…You know that you want to research homeschooling and…how it compares and contrasts to public schooling.…You really aren't familiar with how homeschooling works, but…you met someone who was homeschooled, and had an interesting conversation with him.…You've decided that you're interested in the topic and…it has enough depth for a research idea.…So, you began to research homeschooling.…
- Understanding the different types of research papers
- Researching the topic
- Brainstorming your focus
- Developing a thesis statement
- Writing topic sentences
- Composing a title
- Using a style guide
- Formatting your paper
Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Examining Types of Research Papers
2. Preparing to Write
3. Writing the Paper
4. Citing Sources
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