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Developing Research Questions and Crafting Thesis Statements: Craft a Thesis Statement

Step 5: Craft a Thesis Statement

Now that you have researched your topic it is time to craft your own thesis statement.  This statement will be your argument and needs to follow these guidelines:

  1. Does it have a definable, arguable claim?
  2. Is it narrow in focus, clear and specific as possible?
  3. Is it NOT a question?
  4. Is it NOT a list?
  5. Is it NOT vague, combative or confrontational?

Use the two videos below to help you understand thesis statements and how to craft them.


Purdue OWL: Thesis Statements (Produced by the Purdue Online Writing Lab)

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