What is a Thesis Statement?

Developing a thesis statement is, perhaps, one of the most challenging tasks undertaken when writing an academic paper or article, master's thesis, or dissertation, but taking sufficient time to craft it well is the most important step for writing success. A thesis statement is a clear position on a problem you will investigate or a …

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How to Get Through the Rest of the Thesis or Dissertation Process

Crafting a thesis statement, writing a proposal, and writing a master's thesis or Ph.D. dissertation are the first stages of the journey. It is a significant, intense, and sometimes overwhelming process. What few do not consider while the writing process is unfolding, however, is what happens once the thesis or dissertation is well underway. At …

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Foundations for Academic Writing

The CIIS Center for Writing and Scholarship (CWS) is offering a foundational academic writing course beginning September 11th, 2017. It may be taken as a one or two-credit course. If you want to become more comfortable with an academic style that incorporates your own voice or want to advance your academic writing skills, consider registering …

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Common Sentence Structure Mistakes

The obvious purpose of writing is to communicate a thought or message to an audience. When a writer makes common mistakes such as using run-on sentences, comma splices, or fragments in place of complete sentences, then the reader has a more difficult time understanding what the writer intends to communicate. Of course, as writers, we …

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Editing Services Overview

Editing Services at the Center for Writing & Scholarship: An Overview   As part of the Center for Writing and Scholarship support for the CIIS international student community, non-native English speakers (ESL students), and English language learners (L2 learners), Senior Fellow and Editing Services Manager, Anne Kinne, provides technical and grammatical editing on papers and …

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Facing the Challenges of Academic Writing

Whether you are new to academic writing, returning to academia, or in the advanced stages of dissertation writing, Explorations of Style is a valuable resource. According to author and associate professor Rachael Cayley, the site is "an ongoing discussion of the challenges of academic writing." Professor Cyley addresses topics related to academic writing from drafts, …

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Avoid the Laundry List Syndrome in your Literature Review

Guest post by Dallas Mark One common literature review problem is creating a list of information by author, without a critical assessment, commonly referred to as a "laundry list" (Doherty, 2010). This structure is tempting as it is an easy extension of the annotated bibliography. While the structure of the bibliography is essential in having …

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Paragraphs are the Building Blocks of Interesting Writing

Paragraphs are the building blocks to presenting your thoughts in a coherent way. It seems nonsensical to point this out, yet often, writers present a topic without thinking through how each idea links together in a logical progression from introduction to conclusion. Let’s be clear that a paper written in a logical, academic way need …

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