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How to Create an Effective Thesis Statement in 5 Easy Steps

Creating a thesis statement can be a daunting task. It’s one of the most important sentences in your paper, and it needs to be done right. But don’t worry — with these five easy steps, you’ll be able to create an effective thesis statement in no time.

Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas

The first step is to brainstorm ideas for your paper. Think about what you want to say and write down any ideas that come to mind. This will help you narrow down your focus and make it easier to create your thesis statement.

Step 2: Research Your Topic

Once you have some ideas, it’s time to do some research on your topic. Look for sources that support your ideas and provide evidence for the points you want to make. This will help you refine your argument and make it more convincing.

Step 3: Formulate Your Argument

Now that you have done some research, it’s time to formulate your argument. Take the points you want to make and put them into one or two sentences that clearly state what your paper is about. This will be the basis of your thesis statement.

Step 4: Refine Your Thesis Statement

Once you have formulated your argument, it’s time to refine your thesis statement. Make sure that it is clear, concise, and specific. It should also be arguable so that readers can disagree with it if they choose.

Step 5: Test Your Thesis Statement

The last step is to test your thesis statement. Does it accurately reflect the points you want to make? Is it clear and concise? Does it make an arguable point? If not, go back and refine it until it meets all of these criteria.

Creating an effective thesis statement doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these five easy steps, you can create a strong thesis statement in no time at all.

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Burney, Saleema Farah (2020) British Muslim Women Between Community, Country and God: A Case Study of Successful Identification. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00035355

Cheifetz, Haruka (2020) Al-Shaʿrānī’s Theological Defence of Ibn ʿArabī in Context. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00035540

Chiarofonte, Lorenzo (2020) Powerful sounds: Music, dance and ritual efficacy in Burmese nat kana pwe spirit possession ceremonies. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00037915

De Jonckheere, Heleen (2020) The never-ending test : a jain tradition of narrative adaptations. PhD thesis. Ghent University.

Dohle, Ebany (2020) Nahuat-Pipil: The Encoding of Ecological Knowledge in Semantic and Lexical Categorisation Systems. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00037843

Gupta, Vivek (2020) Wonder Reoriented: Manuscripts and Experience in Islamicate Societies of South Asia (ca. 1450—1600). PhD thesis. SOAS, University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00037490

Hahn Herrera, Loreley (2020) The Production of Solidarity Frames in Contested Fields in the Digital Age: The Case of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00038606

Khan, Rabia Latif (2020) On marginality and overcoming: Narrative, memory and identity among British Hazaras. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00035277

Koumbarou, Andriana (2020) The expression of focus in Hindi: a Dynamic Syntax approach. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00035763

Kariuki, Keni (2020) The Political Economy of the Kenyan Agricultural Sector in an Era of Decentralisation. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00036677

Krajcik, Chelsea Lee (2020) Exploring multilingualism in Senegal: a multimodal approach to the expression of caused motion. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00037844

Khan, Mustafa Ahmed (2020) Making Them Look the Other Way! The (Ir)rationality of Road Building in the Sindh Borderlands of Pakistan. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00040030

Pope, Nicholas (2020) Brokering an Urban Frontier: Milícias, Violence, and Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone. PhD thesis. SOAS, University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00034168

Poske, Christian Friedrich (2020) Continuity and Change: A Restudy of Arnold Adriaan Bake’s Research on the Devotional and Folk Music and Dance of Bengal 1925-1956. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00034909

Shen, Huangnan (2020) The Dynamics of Reforms of Large State-Owned Enterprises in China: A Theoretical and Political Economy Analysis. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00035124

Titus-Green, Atamunobarabinye Jonathan (2020) Drama and philosophy: a study of selected texts within the Ijaw oral tradition. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00035351

Vita, Vasiliki (2020) Prosodic Patterns in Ramari Hatohobei. Masters dissertation. SOAS, University of London.

Wang, Meng (2020) The Life Of The 16th Karmapa, Rang Byung Rig Pa’i Rdo Rje: Transformation Of Tibetan Buddhism In Exile. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00034726

Williams, Clare (2020) Beyond Embeddedness: Reshaping an Economic Sociology of Law. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00039367

Şahin, Fadime (2020) The Gender Wage Gap in Turkey's ICT Sector. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00035845

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This is a 10,000-word research piece (worth 90% of the mark) on a topic linked to the course chosen as a major.

The dissertation is normally written over the summer period, and is submitted in September. A detailed dissertation plan of 2,500 words (worth 10% of the mark) will also need to be submitted The dissertation provides an opportunity for primary research in an area of direct interest to the student and it is normally expected that students make use of primary sources. The proximity to the School of many archive depositories and records offices, including its own archival collection as well as the British library, greatly enhances the potential for this type of dissertation work.

Objectives and learning outcomes

  • develop research skills in the field of history through the completion of a long assignment based on primary sources
  • refine writing and organisational skills through an independent study project
  • foster further understanding of the region and/or topic of specialisation
  • prepare students to undertake further postgraduate study

Methods of Assessment

  • One project proposal/plan of 1,500 words (10%)
  • One 10,000 word dissertation OR 30 minutes of audio-visual material or equivalent + 3,000-word written submission (90%)

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Print copies of our doctoral (PhD) theses are held in Closed Access on Level F and offsite. Please note that we do not hold Masters dissertations in the library. Please consult with your department for access to previous Masters dissertations.

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  • China Doctoral/Masters Dissertations (CDMD) 中国博士/ 硕士学位论文全文数据库 This link opens in a new window From 1 April 2023, there will be a partial suspension of some of CNKI's services for an undetermined amount of time. The services affected will be dissertations, conference proceedings, patents, and statistics. We apologise for the inconvenience. Masters theses (1999-2012) and doctoral dissertations (2000-2012). Access is limited to 3 external users at a time using a particular computer in the library premises. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus. Access limited to 3 users at a time. more... less... For off-campus access use this link https://fsso.oversea.cnki.net/login_en.aspx?lang=en-US
  • Chinese Theses and Dissertations Services (Taiwan) 中文電子學位論文服務 This link opens in a new window Consists of theses and dissertations information from Taiwan higher education institutions after 2004. At present, this database contains theses and dissertations mainly from Taiwan universities, including National Taiwan University, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei National University of the Arts, National Tsing Hua University and National Taiwan Normal University, with over 27,000 bibliographic citations and 16,500 theses in full text. Subject coverage includes humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, applied sciences, medicine and life sciences. The best result is gained by searching with terms in traditional Chinese. All articles are available in PDF format so you will need Acrobat Reader version 5.X more... less... For off-campus access use this link https://soas.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://www.airitilibrary.com
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  • British Library EThOS Includes electronic copies of 500,000 doctoral theses from across the UK. Most theses are open access, although some are not - some may only be available via the host institution. Free registration is required.
  • HKU Scholars Hub - Theses The HKU Scholars Hub is the current research information system of The University of Hong Kong. As a key vehicle of HKU's Knowledge Exchange Initiative, The Hub aims to enhance the visibility of HKU authors and their research, and to foster opportunities for collaboration.
  • International Chinese Studies Doctoral Dissertation Abstracts Database 典藏國際漢學博士論文摘要資料庫 The Center for Chinese Studies, National Central Library (Taiwan) collects information on and indexes North American and European dissertations relating to Sinology. It has indexed and created abstracts for 9,000 dissertations.
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  • National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations in Taiwan 臺灣博碩士論文知識加值系統 Taiwanese dissertations and theses from 1959. Includes a mixture of citations, abstracts, and some full text documents.
  • National Library of China Dissertations Database 中国国家图书馆博士论文 A searchable database of dissertations and theses from major Chinese universities. The first 24 pages of each document is available to read online.
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