Writing a thesis is required by most post-secondary institutions when you complete a master's degree. The thesis is a dissertation, or large research paper, that summarizes the work you have done in a specific area. Many humanity programs, such as English and history, allow you to write about mythology. This topic is varied and can include topics like Greek or Egyptian mythology. Greek mythology in popular culture is an example of a thesis topic. In order to write a thesis you need to do in-depth research on the topic, focus your findings to a specific topic and write a thesis about this topic. Writing a thesis can take weeks to finish. The length of thesis papers varies greatly but can be 50 to 400 pages.
Determine the thesis statement for your topic. This statement is usually one, concise sentence that shows what you are going to prove in your thesis. It will summarize your main point and the results of your research. Read your thesis statement out loud, write it out by hand and tape it to your computer or a bulletin board. This statement will keep you on track throughout your thesis. The thesis statement is usually placed at the last line of the introducing paragraph. For example, Greek mythology can be found in every genre of popular culture. Refer to your thesis statement as you write. All points made in the thesis should work to prove your thesis statement.
Draw up an outline for your thesis. Include an introduction, paragraphs for your main points and room for all of the supporting evidence. Design the thesis so it follows a logical flow, with each thought expanding on or backing up the previous thought. Add graphics such as charts, time graphs or pictures from the type of mythology you are writing about. Note where you will include them in your outline. For example, outline the different aspects of popular culture like TV, movies, video games and literature and where Greek mythology shows up.
Write the thesis by starting with the body of the paper. Write the thesis last. By the time you finish the body of the thesis you will know exactly what the paper looks like and the introduction will be easier to write. Follow your outline as you write the body of the thesis but allow yourself to make changes if the flow doesn't feel right. Craft each section so you introduce an idea, back up your ideas and then make a conclusion when possible. For example, start by talking about Greek mythology in TV and some of the characters that stem from it like the maenads in "True Blood."
Add the introduction when the body of the paper is finished. This is where you make your main points about the mythology you researched and demonstrate what you are going to prove in your thesis. Use attention-catching statements or ideas in the introduction to draw the reader in. End the introduction with your thesis statement. In the Greek mythology example, you can talk about some of the main Greek characters that are frequently used, such as Zeus or Achilles.
Finish the paper with a strong conclusion that recaps the points you were making. This is the time to ensure the reader really remembers what you were trying to demonstrate. Reaffirm the main ideas, especially those that you want the reader to discuss or remember later. The conclusion is your chance to really push an idea home. For example, reword the thesis statement on Greek mythology to show you made your point.
Use any tools available to you to ensure the paper is formatted properly and free of errors. Use online spell checkers, have friends read the paper and take it to an editing service at your university. Many universities offer these services in the library for students. Set the paper aside for a few days and go back and review it with fresh eyes. Rewrite as necessary.
Format the thesis according to the guidelines required by your professor. This usually includes a title page, table of contents and bibliography. Humanities classes usually use the MLA style guide so ensure your work follows this guide.
Use in-text citations for any work that isn't your own and to show the professor where you are getting your information from.
- Indiana University: Writing a Thesis Statement
- Purdue Online Writing Lab; Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements; Elyssa Tardiff, et al.; February 2011
- American Historical Association; Practical Advice for Writing Your Dissertation, Book, or Article; Liena Vayzman; December 2006
- Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; How to Write Your Thesis; Kim Kastens, et. al
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