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How to Create an Effective Thesis Statement in 5 Easy Steps
Creating a thesis statement can be a daunting task. It’s one of the most important sentences in your paper, and it needs to be done right. But don’t worry — with these five easy steps, you’ll be able to create an effective thesis statement in no time.
Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas
The first step is to brainstorm ideas for your paper. Think about what you want to say and write down any ideas that come to mind. This will help you narrow down your focus and make it easier to create your thesis statement.
Step 2: Research Your Topic
Once you have some ideas, it’s time to do some research on your topic. Look for sources that support your ideas and provide evidence for the points you want to make. This will help you refine your argument and make it more convincing.
Step 3: Formulate Your Argument
Now that you have done some research, it’s time to formulate your argument. Take the points you want to make and put them into one or two sentences that clearly state what your paper is about. This will be the basis of your thesis statement.
Step 4: Refine Your Thesis Statement
Once you have formulated your argument, it’s time to refine your thesis statement. Make sure that it is clear, concise, and specific. It should also be arguable so that readers can disagree with it if they choose.
Step 5: Test Your Thesis Statement
The last step is to test your thesis statement. Does it accurately reflect the points you want to make? Is it clear and concise? Does it make an arguable point? If not, go back and refine it until it meets all of these criteria.
Creating an effective thesis statement doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these five easy steps, you can create a strong thesis statement in no time at all.
This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.
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Identifying your project
Taking the time to define the right topic is a very important step in the essay process. With the answers to the 3QPOC questions, you will be able to extract the concepts that will define your subject. Mind maps can also help you to have an overview of your project. In addition, it is essential to review existing research. This should allow you to see if there is enough material to address your topic, if its scope is realistic, and if anyone has already answered your question.
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Preparing your research
To begin, make a list of keywords using dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, manuals, etc. Break down each concept into a series of keywords, search for synonyms or equivalent terms. Once you have defined all your keywords, we recommend that you use Boolean operators to filter the results, combining or excluding specific words from your search "(AND/ET, NOT/SAUF, OR/OU)".
You can conduct your research using the Learning Center's resources (databases, news articles, journals, books and ebooks, dissertations and theses).
Managing your bibliographic references
Citation management software allows you to keep a database of the sources you use (books, journal articles, websites, etc.) when doing research. You can then select them when you cite your sources in your written work and automatically produce bibliographies from the citations you have included.
The Learning Center offers an article on the use of citation management software: Zotero.
Writing your bibliography
The bibliography is a very important part of your thesis. It allows you to confirm your knowledge of the subject and to recognize the people behind the ideas you have developed in your research. It also allows the reader of your work to deepen it by identifying the documents you have consulted.
The Learning Center has produced a guide to help you build your bibliography in a consistent and standardized way.
Citing bibliographic references
Plagiarism is presenting someone else's words or ideas as your own without acknowledging the source. Thus, when writing your dissertation or thesis, it is important to indicate the various sources that were used to fuel your thinking. Even when summarizing or paraphrasing information found in books, articles or web pages, you must credit the original author.
To assist you in this process, the Learning Center provides a document on plagiarism and how to cite your sources.
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Internships and Thesis
As a general rule, during the last year of the Master's program, the student completes an internship in a company (in the broadest sense) and a thesis.
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The internship is carried out in an organization/company located in Belgium or abroad. Generally speaking, it lasts at least 10 weeks and takes place during the second quarter of the academic year.
The internship allows the student to become familiar with the life and management of an organization and to confront the theoretical knowledge acquired during his/her studies with the reality of the field.
The mission of the internship must be related to the Master's degree chosen by the student and generally consists of dealing with a specific management or economic issue.
The student develops "soft skills" and "hard skills" related to his/her specialization.
The Master's thesis is an essay produced by a student. It is a major test at the end of the Master's program. It is the result of an individual research project on an original theme related to the management of companies or organizations or to an economic issue, for which the student mobilizes, deepens and concretizes the knowledge and know-how acquired during his/her studies.
It may take the form of a research paper or a project paper, depending on the teaching objective chosen. In the case of a thesis-project, the student combines the internship and the thesis.
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