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1.1a How to develop a thesis statement.

Before you begin to develop your thesis statement, you may want to take some time to peruse Empire State College's (Syracuse, NY) Developing a Research Question. This web page answers some very important questions: How do I choose a topic that is not too broad or not too narrow? Can be topic be researched? How can I evaluate my own research question? Click here to view this page.

Writing in college often takes the form of persuasion—convincing others that you have an interesting, logical point of view on the subject you are studying. Persuasion is a skill you practice regularly in your daily life. You persuade your roommate to clean up, your parents to let you borrow the car, your friend to vote for your favorite candidate or policy. In college, course assignments often ask you to make a persuasive case in writing. You are asked to convince your reader of your point of view. This form of persuasion, often called academic argument, follows a predictable pattern in writing. After a brief introduction of your topic, you state your point of view on the topic directly and often in one sentence. This sentence is the thesis statement, and it serves as a summary of the argument you'll make in the rest of your paper. [University of North Carolina]

Thesis statement?!

What is it? How do I get one? How do I know if it is a strong one? Click here for all you need to know about the thesis statement.