How to Write a Thesis Paper

A thesis paper is a professional paper required of college students before completion of their course and subsequent classification. A thesis paper is used by the college tutors to evaluate the content reception and mastery by the learner.

Many students will ask: “How do I write a thesis paper?”

While the paper may look difficult or easy to many, depending on personal perception, it is written in a certain procedural manner that should be followed by the students. Most of the thesis papers have five parts; chapter one which is usually the background of the study, chapter two entails the literature review, chapter three is always the methodology, chapter four is data analysis and presentation, while chapter five is conclusions/ discussions of the findings and its recommendations. Most colleges will use this format in writing a thesis paper.

The purpose of a background study when writing a thesis paper is to help the researcher to prove the relevance of the thesis question and to develop further the thesis.

Conducting preliminary research on the area of study and the specific topic will help in formulating a research question or thesis statement that triggers more specific and relevant research on a topic of interest.

The main focus of a thesis paper is to provide a new body of knowledge, and a research paper will constitute a literature review as one of its parts as shown above.

In a dissertation, a literature review is the foundation and support base for a new insight to contribute to. The focus of a literature review centers in the summarization and synthesis of the arguments and ideas of others without adding new contributions. To write a systematic literature review, the researcher can simply put the word “-review” at the end of the sentence he/she wishes to review in the search engine along with the other topic terms to identify related articles on the Internet or in an electronic database.

The methodology provides a summary of the events that precede the collection of data and the subsequent analysis. An efficient methodology is always guided by good objectives of the study and research questions which will dictate the tools to be used for data analysis in chapter four.

Chapter five is guided by the literature review and data collection. A good discussion of the findings and recommendation is written based on the arguments in literature against the results of the study. The bibliography or reference section of sources you’ve already read are also excellent entry points for your research. Some disciplines require that you use information that is as current as possible.
In sum, writing a good thesis paper provides an overview of a body of knowledge in a logical manner. It reviews an existing body of knowledge on a topic and the ideal body of knowledge. The gap between the ideal body of knowledge and the existing body of knowledge provides a research gap that a researcher will seek to fill. The basics for a good thesis paper is writing the background of the study and subsequently reviewing the literature, which will now guide writing the methodology and data analysis part of the paper.

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