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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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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Getting Ready to Write Your Dissertation

Writing a dissertation is a lengthy process and the final product is judged very critically based on a rubric for your department, which encompasses the level of your academic writing, quality of your research, strength of your arguments, and your original contribution. Understanding the steps for preparing and writing your proposal from the very beginning …

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Practical Things to do to Get Started Writing

What follows are tips and tricks that have helped, to one degree or another, many writers get started in the process of writing.  As always, we really welcome your feedback, ideas, and suggestions on what has worked, or not worked, for you in the past. Make a committed date with yourself to write.  Set aside …

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