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Thesis Statements: Thesis Statement Definition

What Is a Thesis Statement?

The main idea of:

  • An essay
  • Report
  • Speech
  • Research paper

It is usually written as a single declarative sentence.

In some cases it is implied rather than explicitly stated.

What Kind of Paper Are You Writing?

The following paper types require a thesis statement:

Analytical Paper: Breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation  to the audience.

Expository (or Explanatory) Paper: Explains something to the audience.

Argumentative Paper: Makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided.

Source: Purdue Owl

A Good Thesis Statement Should:

  • Clearly tell a reader the objective of the project (i.e. paper, prjoect)
  • Be easily comprehensible
  • Concisely describe your standpoint
  • Be proved with the finding through the research and analysis part of your study

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