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A THESIS IS NOT A TITLE.A title can often give a reader some notion of what the thesis is going to be, but it is not the thesis itself. The thesis, as presented in the thesis statement, does not suggest the main idea—it is the main idea.
Remember, too, that a thesis statement will always be a complete sentence; there’s no other way to make a statement other than to express it in a complete thought.
A Thesis Statement
The Decline of Baseball
In recent years, baseball has experienced a significant decline in popularity because of ____, ____, and ____.
Homes and School
Parents need to participate more in the education of their children in order to accomplish ____, ____, and ____.
A Frightening Experience
Your first exposure to snow skiing can be a frightening experience because of ____, ____, and ____.
A thesis is not an announcement of the subject. A thesis takes a stand on the subject. It expresses an attitude toward the subject. It is not the subject itself.
A thesis statement:
Is only one sentence!
Controls the whole essay!
Clearly states the writer's attitude towards the subject about which he/she is writing
Ex: Cigarette smoking causes several detrimental health effects-halitosis, coughing, lung cancer, and even death.
A thesis statement- States the Main topic and the 3 Subtopics you plan to discuss WITHOUT using anything other than 3rd POV.
Brainstorming Topic Ideas
Clark College Libraries. (3:43 min) Make sure you are logged into your Google account to watch video.
Taking Notes During Research
Organize notes. Regardless of whether you use index cards or a notebook, keep all of your notes stored in a single, easy-to-find location. Date each note, and name each source. Color-coding notes for ideas or sections of your research, for example a blue ink title for any information on the Boston Tea Party, and a red ink title for the Battle of Lexington and Concord, will also help keep your ideas organized.
Write one idea heading or quote on each note card or page. This helps organize the ideas or points you want to address in your research paper. Is the quote important? Does it help you understand the topic of research? If the answer to both of these questions isn't "yes," don't use the quote.
Write down all source information for citing. This includes the title, the page numbers, the author and/or editor, the year of publication, the publisher, and the city of publication. This is essential information for bibliographies, and if you write it down during your initial research, it will save you frustration and time hunting for it later.
Always use quotation marks around direct quotes from a work, to keep from unintentionally plagiarizing. Also mark the author of a quote, whether it's a researcher or a literary character, for reference when writing your paper.
"Taking Good Notes". Points of View: Writing an Essay..2014, p2-2. 1p.
The Purpose of Gathering Background Information
If you are unfamiliar with the topic, it provides a good overview of the subject matter.
It helps you to identify important facts related to your topic -- terminology, dates, events, history, and names or organizations.
It can help you to refine your topic.
You might find a list of references that provide a starting point for your research.