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How to Write an academic paper.
Creating a strong Thesis statement
Does your thesis answer the question(Thesis, 2011)?
Make sure to re-read the question prompt, this can help you fix an argument that misses the focus question(Thesis, 2011).
Have you taken a position that others might challenge or oppose(Thesis, 2011)?
If your thesis statement contains facts, nobody can or will disagree with it(Thesis, 2011).
Is my thesis statement specific enough(Thesis, 2011)?
if your thesis is too vague, they often don't make a strong argument(Thesis, 2011).
Does your thesis pass the "so what?" test(Thesis, 2011)?
If your reader's first response is "so What" then you need to connect with your reader and clarify(Thesis, 2011).
Does my thesis pass the "how and why?" test(Thesis, 2011)?
If your reader's first response is "how" or "why" your thesis needs to be more close-ended to help guide your reader(Thesis, 2011).
Thesis Statements. (2011, December 29). Retrieved from https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/thesis-statements/
How to write and introduction.
First start by thinking about the question(s) you are trying to answer(Introductions, 2011).
Your whole essay is in response to this question, use your introduction as the jumping off point(Introductions, 2011).
Decide how general or broad your question will be(Introductions, 2011).
You don't want to have an introduction that is too narrow and you don't want one that is too broad(Introductions, 2011).
Try writing your introduction last(Introductions, 2011).
You don't need to write the introduction first. You may start off thinking your paper is going one way and then it will end up going another direction(Introductions, 2011).
Don't be afraid to write a tentative introduction that you could may change later(Introductions, 2011).
If you need to write an introduction first don't be afraid to go change it later if your paper follows another path(Introductions, 2011).
Open with something that will draw in the readers(Introductions, 2011).
Make sure that your paper isn't too dry, try one of three things, an intriguing example, a provocative quotation that is closely related to your argument and finally a puzzling scenario(Introductions, 2011).
Pay special attention to to your first sentence(Introductions, 2011).
Start off right with your readers, make sure your first sentence actually says something useful(Introductions, 2011).
Introductions. (2011, December 29). Retrieved from https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/introductions/
How to Write a conclusion.
Play the "so what?" game. if you get stuck ask a friend or peer to read it. if you friend say"so what?" or "why would anyone care?" then rethink your conclusion(conclusions,2011).
Return to the theme(s) in the introduction(conclusions,2011).
Bring your readers full circle(conclusions,2011).
Synthesize, don't summarize(conclusions,2011).
It is ok to include a brief summary of your papers main points, but don't repeat the things that were in your paper, put it all together(conclusions,2011).
Include a provocative insight or quotation from the research or reading you did(conclusions,2011).
Propose a solution or course of action, or questions for further study(conclusions,2011).
This could reroute your reader's thought process, this might lead them to apply it to their own life(conclusions,2011).
Point to Broader implications(conclusions,2011).
your paper could direct your reader to examine the bigger picture, like the impact of what you are writing about(conclusions,2011).
Conclusions. (2011, December 29). Retrieved from https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/conclusions
The body of your Paper.
The presence of your topic sentence(The Body, 2017).
Your topic sentence focuses the paragraph and outlines where your paragraph is going(The Body, 2017).
Topics sentences can be be the second sentence but is usually the first(The Body, 2017).
By placing your topic sentence first this allows for the rest of the paragraph to state what you are talking about(The Body, 2017).
The structure of your body paragraphs(The Body, 2017).
Begin each body paragraph with a topic sentence about a point that you want that paragraph to be about(The Body, 2017).
Each statement should should relate back to the thesis(The Body, 2017).
each body paragraph should end with a reference back to your thesis statement(The Body, 2017).
Things to remember when writing your body paragraphs(The Body, 2017).
Use the same language in your body paragraphs that you did in your introduction(The Body, 2017).
Devote each body paragraph to one point(The Body, 2017).
Always phrase everything clearly(The Body, 2017).
Paragraphs are used to introduce a new idea and break your paper into a series of related points(The Body, 2017).
Each paragraph should contain, Unity Development and coherence(The Body, 2017).
This means that there is one main point that is developed, this starts with your topic sentence(The Body, 2017).
this means you include all necessary information, also include an explanation and support for your main topic(The Body, 2017).
This means to present your point in an organized and logical way(The Body, 2017).
The Body of your paper. (2017). Retrieved from http://facweb.furman.edu/~moakes/Powerwrite/body.htm
Transitions are important, they come between paragraphs and sentences. they tie your paper together and help to make you paper coherent(The Body, 2017).
Where to place transitions.
Between sections, between paragraphs, between sentences such as conjunctions and between parts of senstences(The Body, 2017).
Make sure to use variety and be consistent with your transitions