The word "thesis" comes from the Greek , meaning "position", and refers to an intellectual proposition. "Dissertation" comes from the Latin dissert ti , meaning "discourse."

What is a thesis?2
A thesis statement declares what you believe and what you intend to prove. A good thesis statement makes the difference between a thoughtful research project and a simple retelling of facts. A good tentative thesis will help you focus your search for information. But don't rush! You must do a lot of background reading before you know enough about a subject to identify key or essential questions. You may not know how you stand on an issue until you have examined the evidence. You will likely begin your research with a working, preliminary or tentative thesis which you will continue to refine until you are certain of where the evidence leads. The thesis statement is typically located at the end of your opening paragraph. (The opening paragraph serves to set the context for the thesis.) Remember, your reader will be looking for your thesis. Make it clear, strong, and easy to find.

What is a thesis?3
The thesis is the controlling idea around which you construct the rest of your paper. In a history paper, the thesis generally explains why or how something happened. Every word of your paper should support your thesis. Information you do not directly relate to your thesis will appear irrelevant. This means, of course, that in a paper with a weak or no thesis, much of the paper will appear to be irrelevant and unguided. How do I present the thesis? The thesis should be contained in a single sentence that is concise and grammatically correct. This is usually the last sentence of the first paragraph. More than one sentence may be necessary to establish the thesis. The remainder of the introductory paragraph should draw the reader's attention to the problem the thesis confronts, and define key terms that appear in the thesis. What about theses in essay exams? In an essay exam, the thesis is the one-sentence answer to the question posed; the remainder of the paper will prove the thesis.
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and it should "telegraph" how you plan to argue that is. A history paper takes a stand on a historical issue or problem. Developing A Thesis4 Think of yourself as a member of a jury. and how the lawyer plans to convince you. Most writing attempts to convince the reader of something. nor is it a fact. "This essay is going to try to convince me of something.harvard.The thesis is a scholarly argument. And what about the fall of Hitler? Couldn't that be "the best thing"?) A good thesis has two parts. Your thesis is the concise statement of your argument. http://www. and attempts to develop a coherent and persuasive line of thought intended to convince the reader of the validity of that stand. nor is it an opinion. I'm not convinced yet. Even a poetic description of a rock is an attempt to convince the reader that the rock appears a certain way. You'll want to know very soon whether the lawyer believes the accused to be guilty or not guilty. "The fall of communism is the best thing that ever happened in Europe" is an opinion. (Superlatives like "the best" almost always lead to trouble." A thesis is not a topic. they want to know what the essay argues as well as how the writer plans to make the argument. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Readers of academic essays are like jury members: before they have read too far. It's impossible to weigh every "thing" that ever happened in Europe. but I'm interested to see how I might be." An effective thesis cannot be answered with a simple "yes" or "no. what particular support for your claim is going where in your essay. "Reasons for the fall of communism" is a topic. the reader should think. listening to a lawyer who is presenting an opening . It should tell what you plan to argue. "Communism collapsed in Eastern Europe" is a fact known by educated people.fas. 4 Harvard University. After reading your thesis statement.

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