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Tips for creating a thesis statement
Develop a list of terms and concepts that will assist you in exploring your topic. Use the resources below to find related content. Remember, it is wise to utilize and address research that counters your thesis statement. A one-sided point of view adds nothing of value to further the conversation. Just be sure you have the research to support it.
Defining / Differentiating
Paraphrasing involves putting a passage from source material into your own words.
Summarizing involves putting the main idea(s) into your own words, including only the main point(s).
Quoting Don't do it. Prove to the instructor that you comprehend what you're reading, and put it in your own words (even if those words don't seem "as good" as the author's).
Resource (Purdue's OWL)
When was the article published? If the article is on a website, when was the page last updated? Are links to other sites still active?
Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question? Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)? Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
Who wrote the article? What are the credentials of the author? How can I find out more about the author?
Is the information supported by evidence? Has the information been reviewed or refereed? Can you verify any of the information in another source? Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?
Purpose / Bias (Why?)
What is the purpose of the periodical? What does the author say is the purpose of the article? Is the article objective or is only one point of view presented? Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?