Stage 4- Writing the Research Paper*

These OWL resources will help you develop and refine the arguments in your writing.

Another example of a debatable thesis statement:

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Example of a thesis that is too broad:

With a narrowed-down topic, you are ready to develop your thesis statement. This statement conveys the topic of your research paper and your stance on the topic. A thesis statement is:

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It is not There are many ways to approach writing a thesis statement.

Claims about solutions or policies: These are claims that argue for or against a certain solution or policy approach to a problem. Example:

Steps in Constructing a Thesis.

You might make adjustments to your thesis statement as you research and write, but this forms the basis for your paper. You might even need to spend a little additional time clarifying your statement if it is too broad.


Claims about value: These are claims made of what something is worth, whether we value it or not, how we would rate or categorize something. Example:


A strong thesis statement makes your research, outlining and writing easier by creating direction as you write. When this statement is well-developed, it has several characteristics:

Having a thesis statement helps both the writer and reader.

Claims of cause and effect: These claims argue that one person, thing, or event caused another thing or event to occur. Example:

Steps to writing a thesis statement.

It is a complete sentence.
It summarizes your point of view.
It identifies the purpose of your paper.
It conveys something important with respect to your topic.
It is specific enough for the paper’s assigned length.
It provides a guide as you write your paper.

by Rebecca How to Write a Good Thesis Statement.

Before you begin creating an outline from your thesis statement, make sure it meets the assignment requirements. Are you being asked to explain your thesis or argue a point about it? In either case, make sure the thesis statement contains a solid, well-defined idea.