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Writing the Research Paper: Thesis Statements & Proposals

A guide to aid students with writing research papers

Thesis Statements

In many cases, writers cannot develop a viable research question without first creating a working thesis statement. A thesis should give the writer and his/her audience a clear sense of the project's focus, direction and significance. The resources listed below explain the purpose and highlight the essential elements of a thesis.

Thesis and Purpose Statements

Thesis Statements

Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements

Structure and Content of a Proposal

The examples listed below highlight the primary features of a typical research proposal in the sciences. However, it's important to note that the structure and content of research proposals can vary depending on factors such as an individual's discipline and purpose. Always check the specific guidelines set forth by your instructor before creating a proposal.

Qualitative Research Proposal

Quantitative Research Proposal

Research Proposal Template

Suggested Format for a Research Proposal

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