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Assignment | Research Project ENGL 1301 (Khalaf): Writing

Prof. Paula Khalaf | ENGL 1301 | Fall 2020

Develop Your Thesis

Your thesis is where you put forward your argument in a concise, declarative way. It is typically one sentence long and comes at the end of your introduction paragraph. You should only develop your thesis after you've started doing your research. You can have a thesis in mind as you start your research, of course, but be prepared to change it if you find it's unsupportable with the information available to you.

Thesis statements should be:

  • Specific - lay out exactly the arguments/reasons you're using in your thesis
  • Contestable - if you can find a definitive yes/no answer within a few minutes of Google searching, it's not arguable enough
  • Narrow - not about all of privacy ever, but this little sliver of a privacy issue in this particular time and society
  • Provable - or at least something you can persuasively argue.

Video: How to Write a Thesis Statement

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Outline Your Paper

Before you start writing, create an outline to help you organize your thoughts and resources. Use the handout below as an example of a three-level essay with spaces to include your supporting source for each point of analysis.

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