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Sample Thesis Papers, Statements, & Proposals

A thesis is a document presented by a degree candidate which details the author’s research, findings, and conclusions. The word thesis usually refers to research results used as part of a bachelor’s or master’s degree, while dissertation normally refers to the work done as part of a doctorate degree. A thesis can be lengthy, require supervision by university faculty, and must be focused on a certain area of knowledge.

What is a thesis statement?

A thesis statement lets the reader know how the author interprets the importance of the subject. It also defines the theme of the paper and lets the reader know what to expect from the paper to follow. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. A thesis statement states a claim that is arguable. It is not clear before research is done whether the statement is true or not. Of course the author should have some grounds for making the statement – presumably from prior research. The statement is usually a single sentence somewhere in the first paragraph that presents the author’s argument to the reader. The function of the thesis paper to follow is to gathers and organizes evidence in support of this statement.

Sample Thesis Statements:

Sample thesis statements from Purdue University
Sample thesis from the university of Pennsylvania
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What is a thesis paper?

All universities have strict requirements about how to format a thesis paper. The text font, spacing, margins, and other elements of the paper have to be exactly as specified in order to be approved by the university. A great way to make sure your paper is properly formatted is to begin with a sample thesis paper. All thesis papers from the same department should be formatted identically. Students should therefore be able to begin writing their own thesis by using a sample thesis paper of a former...
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