The thesis of your essay should always have some sort of claim, goal or overarching summary.
Let’s say you were given the topic to analyze a movie and then compare it to the decade it was produced in.
First, decide what you want to accomplish with your paper.
It’s to explain how the movie represents the decade it was produced in.
You need to convince your reader that a movie can be an accurate portrayal of its decade, even if the setting was in a different time period.
Creating the Right Environment Prewriting Crafting a Strong Thesis Writing the First Draft Reviewing Your Work Community Q&A Although it's much easier to write an essay well ahead of when it's due, many of us leave essays until the last minute, at least once in a while.
If you find yourself in this all-too-common situation, stay positive and don't panic - it's possible to write a good essay, even when time is short.
So you procrastinated writing a long research paper, did you?
You’ve realized your term paper is due tomorrow, and you don’t have a clue where to start! I know your time is short, that your hands are trembling with caffeine and stress and that you will likely be up the better part of the night tapping something out, so I’ll be brief.
I used to be a procrastinator just like you, writing papers the night before or even the morning of- and I never received anything less than an A on any of those hastily constructed creations. Pace yourself first- chart out a decent amount of time in which you think you can write this paper.
If your paper requires book sources, utilize your campus library. Plug in your topic followed by your subtopic keywords.
Stay on the first three pages and peruse carefully. Look at the title, summary and web address carefully. If you use a quote or fact from the web, follow it with an in text citation (if your college uses footnotes, use those instead).
Generally an in text citation will have the author’s last name followed by the page number with a single space in between, like so (Smith 56).
Some of the time, Google will not return sources that are academic in nature, and so you must turn to databases- I recommend you use databases more than Google searches, simply because the wealth of knowledge is far more expansive and most likely to be legitimate.
Log on to your school’s library webpage and search for database options; I guarantee your school’s library will have several to choose from, and from there, you will have access to many scholarly schools that you can incorporate into your paper. Body Paragraphs Once you’ve established your thesis and introductory paragraph, move on to the body paragraphs.
You should avoid flowery prose in a thesis and instead be concise and simple.
Place your thesis at the end of the introductory paragraph, after four or five quality sentences that roughly very basic ideas and facts about the topic.
Don’t give it all away though- you want to draw your reader in.
“The movie is an accurate representation of the nineteen fifties through its rendering of family values, consumerism and portrayal of women.” You can either begin writing about the first of those three subtopics in the next paragraph, or according to your needs or instructor’s requirements, you can follow with a paragraph describing the topic in more detail to allow the reader to follow along with more ease.
Afterward, devote a solid analysis and description to each of the three subtopics.
I find this format to be the most helpful for outlining a simple but quality paragraph.
: Quote- Quotes from credible sources can be powerful, but should be used sparingly, otherwise your own words will be drowned out and the paper will be little more than cut and paste plagiarism.
Find a quote that says something similar to your analysis and use it as support for your ideas.
Do not let it replace your ideas or be the springboard for them.
: Analyze the quote and how it relates to the point you’re making with your subtopic.
Each subtopic should have around three sources that compliment what you’re saying, but do not replace your ideas.
For a Thesis to be as solid as possible, always have at least three subtopics that revolve around your main topic to create a good basis for your argument or ideas.
Any less is too weak and the thesis will be unable to stand on its own. Research Here is where your essay will live or die.
The more research you can provide, without drowning your TA or professor in useless facts, the better.
You need to prove that you’ve thought deeply about your topic and sifted through various resources over a period of several weeks, even if you haven’t.