You will need to look at the following types of sources:

A purpose statement makes a promise to the reader about the development of the argument but does not preview the particular conclusions that the writer has drawn.

The following systems will help keep you organized:

 Use the guidelines below to learn the differences between thesis and purpose statements

Consider the following questions:

Your thesis should be limited to what can be accomplished in the specified number of pages. Shape your topic so that you can get straight to the "meat" of it. Being specific in your paper will be much more successful than writing about general things that do not say much. Don't settle for three pages of just skimming the surface.

Bad: In this paper, I will discuss X.

Whether you are submitting your article to Sportscience or to another journal, you should read my guidelines on scientific writing (). Here are the main points from that article:

Good: X has made a significant impact on the teenage population due to its . . .

A good thesis statement accomplishes three purposes:

Show all the above characteristics for any major subgroups of subjects (e.g., males and females, non-athletes and athletes). Include the number of subjects in each subgroup. Use a table like this (tables for other journals have similar formats):

Check these before you submit your article.

A purpose statement is specific enough to satisfy the requirements of the assignment. Purpose statements are common in research papers in some academic disciplines, while in other disciplines they are considered too blunt or direct. If you are unsure about using a purpose statement, ask your instructor.

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This paper will examine the ecological destruction of the Sahel preceding the drought and the causes of this disintegration of the land. The focus will be on the economic, political, and social relationships which brought about the environmental problems in the Sahel.

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After you have found a and have read a for background, you must next decide how to write a thesis statement on the topic you have chosen. Just as the creative artist is lead to make a final statement of truth about some aspect of life by observing and selecting from the myriad details of life's experiences, so you, as a researcher, must be able to crystallize a statement of truth by observing and selecting significant details from the wealth of material you will find on your topic. This truth, stated in a simple sentence, provides you with a thesis statement. It is a statement of your opinion, a conclusion that, from what you have read, you have reason to believe can be proven, but that you are scholar enough to discard or alter later if you uncover facts that prove it invalid.

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books on specific subject areas from the same author:

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Tip: The point you make in the paper should matter:

The thesis statement should do more than merely announce the topic; it must reveal what position you will take in relation to that topic, how you plan to analyze/evaluate the subject or the issue. In short, instead of merely stating a general fact or resorting to a simplistic pro/con statement, you must decide what it is you have to say.