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An introduction can begin with a rhetorical question, a quotation, an anecdote, a concession, an interesting fact, or a question that will be answered in your paper. The idea is to begin broadly and gradually bring the reader closer to the main idea of the paper. At the end of the introduction, you will present your thesis statement. The thesis statement model used in this example is a thesis with reasons.

Even though television can be educational , parents should regulate the amount of television their children watch because it shortens children's attention spans, it inhibits social interaction, and it is not always intellectually stimulating. First, parents should regulate the amount of television their children watch because it shortens children's attention spans. Notice that this Assertion is the first reason presented in the thesis statement.

Remember that the thesis statement is a kind of "mapping tool" that helps you organize your ideas, and it helps your reader follow your argument. In this body paragraph, after the Assertion, include any evidence—a quotation, statistic, data—that supports this first point. Explain what the evidence means.

Show the reader how this entire paragraph connects back to the thesis statement. Additionally, it inhibits social interaction. The first sentence of the second body paragraph should reflect an even stronger Assertion to support the thesis statement. Generally, the second point listed in the thesis statement should be developed here. Settle on a Question You will need to ask, and answer, a specific question in order to write your thesis statement.

Write and Position Your Thesis Statement The most important aspects of your thesis statement are clearly and succinctly stating the question that guided your paper, giving your audience a precise answer to this question and briefly outlining the scope of the paper.

Your thesis statement will need to follow a format specific to the type of paper you are writing; for example, an analytical paper, your statement might read as follows: Positioning Your Thesis Statement Once you compose your thesis statement, place the statement in the first paragraph of your paper; this to make your objective clear and well-defined. Creating a Thesis Statement Indiana University: Thesis Statements Seton Hill University: Understanding and Writing Thesis Statements.

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APA American Psychological Association style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association , 6 th ed. To see a side-by-side comparison of the three most widely used citation styles, including a chart of all APA citation guidelines, see the Citation Style Chart. Your essay should be typed and double-spaced on standard-sized paper 8.

You should use a clear font that is highly readable. APA recommends using 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Include a page header also known as the " running head " at the top of every page.

The running head is a shortened version of your paper's title and cannot exceed 50 characters including spacing and punctuation. Your essay should include four major sections: The title page should contain the title of the paper, the author's name , and the institutional affiliation. Include the page header described above flush left with the page number flush right at the top of the page.

After consulting with publication specialists at the APA, OWL staff learned that the APA 6th edition, first printing sample papers have incorrect examples of running heads on pages after the title page.

This link will take you to the APA site where you can find a complete list of all the errors in the APA's 6th edition style guide. Type your title in upper and lowercase letters centered in the upper half of the page. APA recommends that your title be no more than 12 words in length and that it should not contain abbreviations or words that serve no purpose.

Your title may take up one or two lines. All text on the title page, and throughout your paper, should be double-spaced.


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A thesis statement is the most important few sentences you will write in a thesis, research paper or any other essay that adheres to APA (American Psychological Association) format. In order to come.

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In this case you are writing a thesis statement for your APA format paper. There are some very specific guidelines that are associated with writing a thesis statement. Some of the most important elements of a thesis statement include: Clearly and concisely stating what you are going to be arguing in your paper.

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Whether you’re writing an argumentative, informative, or a comparative paper, we have some tips for you on how to write a strong thesis statement. A Sample APA Paper: The Efficacy of Psychotherapeutic Interventions with Profoundly Deceased Patients Jeff Aspelmeier The Introduction contains the thesis statement telling the reader what the research problem is and a description of why the problem is important, and a review of the relevant literature. For example, Menahem’s () .

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APA has no specific rules on how to write a thesis statement. However, it should still be APA formatted like any other sentence in your . Your APA paper should include five major sections: the Title Page, Abstract, Main thesis statement (see handout on a good/bad thesis). APA Format uses in-text citations. • Avoid plagiarizing through the use of in-text citations that identify ideas.