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Developing a thesis statement and argument

Slides from Research Workshop II: Thesis Statement Workshop

Your paper should attempt to answer specific research questions, and include a thesis statement that makes a claim about your argument in the paper.

A thesis statement:

  • Identifies the topic of the paper
  • Answers a research question
  • Sets up an argument
  • A statement of opinion (NOT a statement of fact)
  • Justifies further discussion
  • Brings the reader in
  • Lets the reader know what to expect
  • The core of the paper