Academic writing comes in three forms - investigative or analytical; explanatory; or persuasive/opinionated. An investigative type paper dissects an idea, theory, or factual claim into its many sub-parts so it is easily digestible to its readers. The explanatory paper does exactly what it says - it offers an in-depth explanation of its subject matter. The persuasive paper is an argument in writing. This academic paper is done in a courtroom style where the author tries to convince the reader that the paper's position on the given topic is accurate, true, and trustworthy. Any of these three forms of writing will require a thesis statement at the beginning or near the top of your paper to tell the reader the purpose of the research paper.
Before writing thesis statement, you must know the type of paper you are writing. In general, all academic papers are persuasive in nature - even the explanatory paper will have a logical and compelling nature to it. Because of this nature, academic papers require a thesis statement informing the reader of the subject matter and how you as the author view the material. In other words, a thesis statement answers five questions:
From these questions you should gather that a thesis statement is a point of view on a given subject matter - not the paper's topic or subject. Your paper's topic might be about importing foreign goods but the point of your paper would be on the tax advantages of imported goods. Another example could be a literary paper on the classic "Les Miserables." This book delves into numerous topics - shoplifting, battle between good and evil, the Parisian underworld, and a look at civil uprisings. As the author, you might choose to focus your viewpoint on crime and punishment - does shoplifting punishment work?
With these basic thoughts in mind, let's look at the five steps to creating a great pin-pointed thesis statement.
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