Developing Your Writing Skills: A Good Manual For Writers Of Research Papers, Theses, And Dissertations



Paper, theses, and dissertations all share something important, and that is that they are all pieces of research writing that share an introduction, a thesis statement at the end of the introduction, body paragraphs of evidence, and a solid conclusion. What you do in thesis and dissertations is span these out over a series of chapters.


The Research Process

The writing process cannot begin until you have made major progress in your research. The research process is highly rewarding, because every single article, book, or other work of research you find for you thesis, dissertation, or research paper that are perfect for your particular argument—the more progress you have made.


Special Things to Know For Research at This Level’

If you’re going to write a 200 page study, which a dissertation is—in fact, mine was required to be 250 pages—you can try to imagine how many quotes and paraphrases you are going to have to collect to fill all of those pages. So, you will need virtually hundreds of articles, dozens of books by good academic presses (not from ebooks on Amazon) and all because this is a work of research, you know.

For your thesis or introduction, you will need a thesis statement that is strong enough to carry through all these chapters and you also want an original statement.

Some Majors lead naturally toward more recent kinds of research and research collection. These majors would be anything to do with the sciences, history, political science, and any other topic where recency is ultimately important.

See, majors like English, art history, and music history all look back at binning of time to explain art. We look back to the art and literature of the Greeks and Romans because that’s where human literacy and creativity begins for us (except for the cave paintings).


Tools You’ll Need to Succeed.

You’ll need a heavy stapler that goes through lots of papers. Tons of your favorite pens, lots of those binder clips, and most of all, expandable folders to hold all your research.

The other most important thing I need to share with you is to take the time and attach a sheet to the front of every single article you type to put documentation information on it.

A thesis is basically a 30 to 40 page research paper.