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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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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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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Literature Reviews Are Like Cocktail Parties

Imagine you walk into a party and all the seminal thinkers you want to include in your literature review are assembled and having a lively conversation about their ideas. You walk up to the group, listen to what each has to say, make a mental note of those with whom you agree and disagree, then… …

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