Where to Search for Thesis Statement Examples for a Research Paper?


To learn to craft excellent thesis statements, you need strong examples. Here is a roadmap to help you find them.

  • Visit the website of your school, college, or university. Look for a thesis statement writing guide. Most websites of educational institutions have tips for writing thesis statements, with examples and explanations. You will not only see samples of good thesis statements but also understand what makes them good.
  • Browse your school library for student research papers similar to the one you have to write. If you can see the marks these papers have earned, look only at those that have A or B. Read their introductory paragraphs. A thesis statement should be the last sentence of the first paragraph. Write the best thesis statements out and use them as a source of inspiration when crafting your own.
  • Search online educational resources and writing labs for guides to thesis statement writing. The rules of writing a good statement there are explained on relevant examples. The websites with “.edu” in their name are usually credible.
  • Explore the broader Internet. Put “thesis statement example” in your search line. You will see lots of samples on different websites. Not all of them are of good quality, but at least you will get a general idea of what a thesis statement should look like.

How to Identify Strong Thesis Statements

To see whether you have found a strong example, use the checklist below.

  • Is it clear? Can you understand what it is about without re-reading?
  • Does it simply state facts? A strong thesis statement should include the author’s judgment or attitude as well.
  • Is it arguable? Can you agree or disagree with the point it makes?
  • Does it look grounded? A good thesis statement must not only articulatr the author’s opinion but also explain why he or she thinks so.
  • Is it specific in the choice of words? Does it use strong action verbs, not “are,” “is,” “to do,” or “to make”?
  • Do you have a wish to ask “So what?” after you read it? If yes, then it is not a good thesis statement.
  • Does it consist of two sentences joined by a subordinating conjunction such as “although,” “since,” “because,” “through”? Exceptions are possible, yet most strong examples of thesis statements do meet this condition.
  • Does it state the point blankly: “My research subject is…” or “I will tell you about…”? Ignore such examples unless they are presented as negative ones. These are the worst possible openings for your thesis statement.



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