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How to Write a Paper
The Elements of a Strong Thesis
A thesis statement presents the main topic that is being discussed. It "is a road map for the paper" (Thesis Statements, 2016, p.1).
In order to have a successful thesis, you have to both analyze and interpret the work. You must go further than a simple opinion. (Thesis Statements, 2016, pp.3-4)
It is clear and direct and is most often a single sentence.
Time is a big element of writing a thesis. Your thesis becomes better as you write your essay. It is usually tweaked and changed as the essay is written. (Thesis Statements, 2016, p. 1)
Thesis Statements. (2016, May 19). Retrieved November 02, 2016, from http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/thesis-statements/
Conclusions. (2016, May 18). Retrieved November 02, 2016, from http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/conclusions/
Strategies for Writing a Conclusion. (2004, February 19). Retrieved November 02, 2016, from http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/conclude.html
Online Learning Resources. (2015). Retrieved November 02, 2016, from http://aso-resources.une.edu.au/academic-writing/paragraphs/paragraphs/
The Body of Your Paper. (n.d.) Retrieved November 02, 2016, from http://facweb.furman.edu/~moakes/Powerwrite/body.htm
Brizee, A. (2013, February 25). Welcome to the Purdue OWL. Retrieved November 02, 2016, from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/724/02/
Introductions. (2016, May 18). Retrieved November 02, 2016, from http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/introductions/
What Constitutes a Good Conclusion
A good conclusion should spark the readers thought process. It should make the reader take something from the paper and actually do something when they put it down and go back to their own lives. (Conclusions, 2016, p.1)
A good conclusion "Answers the question 'So What?'" (Conclusions, 2016).
Conclusions should not simply repeat what was said previously in the paragraph. It should have some sort of substantive change. (Conclusions, 2016).
The Elements of a Paragraph
There are three main parts to a paragraph. The first is the topic sentence, followed by supporting sentences and lastly, a concluding sentence. (Online Learning Resources, 2015).
When writing a paragraph first write out the topic. Then just simply brainstorm and write out all and any ideas. Lastly plan the order and write the first draft. The paragraph can then be edited and arranged more smoothly. (Online Learning Resources, 2015).
A good paragraph is presented in a systematic format and has smooth transitions between sentences. (Online Learning Resources, 2015).
(Brizee, 2013) at the Purdue OWL writing lab says that the four elements of a good paragraph are TTEB, which stands for Transition, Topic sentence, specific Evidence, and a Brief wrap up.
How to Construct the Body of a paper
When the body of a paper is created, the point is to divide the ideas into separate paragraphs, but to still allow them to flow continuously to the next. (The Body of Your Paper, n.d.)
Make sure each body paragraph is only covering one specific point. Additional paragraphs can be created if needed. (The Body of Your Paper, n.d.)
Transitions are very important in the body of the paper. They are put in between sections, paragraphs, and even sentences. Even a semicolon or comma can be a transition. (The Body of Your Paper, n.d.)
How to Create a Strong Introduction
Introductions can be the hardest part of a paper, but they are very important, especially if the reader is ever to pick up the paper and become interested. (Introductions, 2016)
The introduction is the first impression, and will determine whether the reader will continue reading beyond the introduction. It transitions the reader from their world, to the world of the paper. (Introductions, 2016)
Don't be afraid to write the introduction last. Sometimes the paper needs to be developed and worked first. (Introductions, 2016)
Use techniques that will interest the reader. Some examples are thought-provoking questions, puzzling scenarios, or intriguing examples.
Direct the introduction towards the specific audience intended to read the paper.