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ANTH 350: Prehistoric Archaeology

Research Guide for ANTH 350

Developing Thesis Statements

A thesis statement clearly identifies the topic being discussed, includes the points discussed in the paper, and is written for a specific audience. Your thesis statement belongs at the end of your first paragraph, also known as your introduction. Use it to generate interest in your topic and encourage your audience to continue reading. 

To develop a thesis statement about your site, do some exploratory research (in Mardigian Search) and ask yourself questions about your site like: 

  • What interests me about this site as I learn more about it?
  • How does the site relate to the larger themes discussed in ANTH 350?
  • What are the major debates and disagreements over the site you are studying?

Ask Professor Chenoweth for feedback on your thesis statement

Use Professor Chenoweth's guidelines below to help you develop your thesis statement:

Picking Your Topic IS Research

Once you've picked a research topic for your paper, it isn't set in stone. It's just an idea that you will test and develop through exploratory research. This exploratory research may guide you into modifying your original idea for a research topic. Watch this video for more info:

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