How to Write a Thesis Statement for a Research Dissertation: Best Practices and Examples

There are many forms of research, but almost all essays, articles, and academic research projects have one thing in common: a thesis statement. Writing research papers is an art in itself, and to describe such an art, we need a strong thesis statement. A thesis statement is a brief description (no more than 1-3 sentences) that concisely summarizes the key points of your entire research paper.

This article aims to give researchers a better understanding of thesis statements by providing a definition and their importance. It also describes how researchers can develop a strong thesis statement without any confusion.

WHAT IS A THESIS STATEMENT?

The thesis statement should be part of the introductory section of your article and inform its readers about:

(a) What is the research paper about (main idea)?
(b) What is the purpose of writing it (premise)?
(c) on what argument(s) is the author deliberating (author’s position)?

Most importantly, a study’s thesis statement should be clear and convey to the reader the author’s position on the topic.

The thesis statement should answer the following questions about your research paper:

  • What is the topic or main topic of the article?
  • What is the purpose of writing the paper?
  • What is the author’s position on the subject?

THESIS WRITING EXAMPLES

Example 1:

Weak Thesis Statement: This article is a study on two pizza service brands, namely Dominos and Pizza Hut. Both pizza brands have similarities and differences in service offerings.

Enhanced Thesis Statement: The current study will compare and contrast two pizza service brands based on their service offerings. Dominos and Pizza Hut both offer a wider variety of ingredients compared to local pizzerias, but our research suggests that Pizza Hut’s vibe makes it a better place for a fun outing with friends and family.

Example 2:

Weak Thesis Statement: The Internet positively and negatively influences children in different ways.
Enhanced Thesis Statement: Internet use poses high risks for children because parents cannot fully monitor their children’s online activity, not all sites are safe and reliable, and not all information is not filtered.

Here is an example of a well-written thesis statement:

“The present study reviews existing studies on social media fatigue and addresses a key limitation of previous literature, namely a limited focus on a specific age group of users from Western economies. Instead, our study focused on a less-studied demographic of adolescent social media users from developing countries like India and China.”

Question

Example

What is the subject?

Social media fatigue

What is the point?

Conduct a literature review and address the limitations of existing studies in the area of ​​social media fatigue

What is the author’s position?

Need to focus on a less-studied demographic group (e.g., teenage social media users) from developing countries like India and China

KEY POINTS FOR A GOOD THEME STATEMENT

  • Must be short and concise; no more than 2-3 sentences to summarize the main research points of the article

  • Should be very specific; avoid vague or generalized sentences (although the introductory section may include general statements, the thesis statement should be specific)

  • Must be insightful to the reader of the research paper

– Article by Dr Sheetal Menon, Assistant Professor, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon.

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