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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.
Your thesis statement should essentially give your reader a preview of what arguments you'll be presenting over the course of your paper.
Parts of Your Paper
- Introduction Paragraph
- Introduce your topic
- Last sentence is your thesis statement
- "Big idea" paragraph
- Next "big idea" paragraph
- Repeat big idea paragraphs as needed, depending on your topic
- Conclusion: bring it all together
- Don't just think of this as a summary: how does everything above come together? What's the point? What's the big take-away?
Outline Your Paper!
Template and example for you to follow to help you understand how to organize your writing.
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