A thesis statement is one sentence that expresses the main idea of a research paper or essay, such as an expository essay or argumentative essay. Generally, your thesis statement can be the last line of the first paragraph in your research paper or essay.
In form, the thesis is a lengthy experimental, design, or theoretical report, with a problem-method-results-discussion structure. This recurrent hypothetico-deductive pattern of developing a thesis to solve a problem and then constructing a methodology and testing for results is common in research writing.
- State your topic. Your topic is the essential idea of your paper.
- State your main idea about this topic.
- Give a reason that supports your main idea.
- Give another reason that supports your main idea.
- Give one more reason that supports your main idea.
- Include an opposing viewpoint to your main idea, if applicable.
Plagiarism is the act of taking a person's original work and presenting it as if it was one's own. Plagiarism is not illegal in the United States in most situations. Instead it is considered a violation of honor or ethics codes and can result in disciplinary action from a person's school or workplace.