How to Begin a Thesis Paper


A thesis paper is written primarily by college students about a chosen topic. Thesis papers are typically around 40 pages long and contain four main components: the introduction, the evidence, the conclusion and the bibliography. When a student begins a thesis paper, there are certain steps taken to ensure the topic can be thoroughly researched and written about. These steps include choosing a topic, narrowing it down, researching it and beginning the writing process.

  • Choose a topic. The topic chosen should be one that is interesting to you. The topic should be broad enough to address the issue and to allow the writer to find enough information to write about. It should also be a topic that allows the writer to find a fresh perspective. A thesis paper should contain the writer's own personal thoughts and views on the topic. The writer should try to take an issue and develop a new, fresh outlook on the subject.

  • Narrow the topic down. Even though the topic must be broad, it must be narrowed down enough that it addresses a specific issue regarding the topic. If a subject is too broad, it is hard for the writer to focus on a particular issue regarding the topic.

  • Decide how much time is needed for research and lab work. If the topic chosen requires lab work, ensure you have begun the thesis paper earlier enough to allow enough time to conduct the experiments, or lab work that is needed. Many college students begin their thesis paper during the summer between their junior and senior years of college. This ensures that the students have a sufficient amount of time to complete all preparation work that is needed.

  • Begin the research process. When researching for a thesis paper, a student should investigate all types of sources where credible information can be found. This includes researching online, at libraries and conducting interviews. When researching, the student should always document all information obtained by the source. This allows the writer to reference sources accurately within the paper.

  • Begin writing the thesis. When the actual writing process begins, the student should first write the thesis statement. The thesis statement summarizes the entire main point of the paper into one sentence. The thesis paper should then be written around this one main point.


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