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Citation Styles

MLA 8

APA

Chicago

ASA

Be sure to double check your citations if you use a citation generator!

Thesis Statements

There is no universally correct thesis statement; however, many thesis statements contain these similar characteristics. According to Baglione, thesis statements should. . .

  • Make an argument that a reasonable person could understand
  • Identify specific topics addressed in the rest of the paper
  • Explore a connection between the key factors it names
  • Give the reader a good idea about what the paper will be about
  • Be a complete, grammatically correct statement
  • Be a concise declaration or description
  • Be logical and make sense
  • Be the last sentence in the introduction

Baglione, Lisa. “Writing A Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods” 2nd ed, SAGE Publications, 2012, pp. 73–86.

Organization and Development
Word Choice and Signal Phrases
  • Keep using “According to” to introduce every text? Check out these Verbs for Signal Phrases to help you mix it up a little!
Research Papers
  • Checklist for writing research papers (adopted from Lisa Baglione “How to Write a Research Paper”). Includes what your Intro, Lit Review, Methods, Analysis, Discussion, and Conclusion sections should all have.
Especially for Multilingual Writers (ESL)

The Writing Center works with multilingual writers, but those who want to work on specific language skills (outside of or beyond paper writing) should get to know Amy Jacobson, who provides English language assistance. Amy can help with English language concerns from written grammar to conversation to pronunciation to vocabulary. She works with students in the academic support suite of the Student Success Center along with the Center for Academic Resources and the Writing Center. In addition, multilingual writers might find the following sites useful:

Writing Resources


Helpful Writing Resources

 

Citation Styles

Be sure to double check your citations if you use a citation generator!

Organization/Development

Thesis Statements

Word Choice

  • Keep using “According to” to introduce every text? Check out these Verbs for Signal Phrases to help you mix it up a little!

GRE Analytical Writing

For Specific Types of Writing

Research Papers

  • Checklist for writing research papers (adopted from Lisa Baglione “How to Write a Research Paper”). Includes what your Intro, Lit Review, Methods, Analysis, Discussion, and Conclusion sections should all have.

Especially for Multilingual Writers (ESL)

The Writing Center works with multilingual writers, but those who want to work on specific language skills (outside of or beyond paper writing) should get to know Amy Jacobson, who provides English language assistance. Amy can help with English language concerns from written grammar to conversation to pronunciation to vocabulary. She works with students in the academic support suite of the Student Success Center along with the Center for Academic Resources and the Writing Center. In addition, multilingual writers might find the following sites useful: