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** Thesis Statements **

*What this handout is about*

This handout describes what a thesis statement is, how thesis statements
work in your writing, and how you can discover or refine one for your


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


Thesis statement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Thesis statement **

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A *thesis statement* appears near the beginning of a paper, and it offers a
concise solution to the issue being addressed. It states the claim of the
argument presented in a paper. A thesis statement is usually one sentence,
though it may occur as more than one. “Good thesis statements will
usually include the following four attributes: • take on a subject
upon which reasonable people could disagree • deal with a subject that
can be adequately treated given the nature of the assignment • express
one main idea • assert your conclusions about a subject”^[1]


· 1 Works which frequently use thesis statements
· 2 Examples
· 3 See also
· 4 References
· 5 External links

*Works which frequently use thesis statements[edit]*

A thesis statement is basically a short statement, usually a 15 to 25 word
sentence, that summarizes the main point or claim of an essay, search
paper, etc., and is developed, supported, and explained in the text by
means of examples and evidence. Whatever piece of work in which the thesis
statement is being used, it should always adhere to the guidelines governed
by its school of thought or, if an academic piece (which uses thesis
statements more frequently), the subject from which the writer is debating.


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