What would be a good thesis for this research paper?Hello.  I am doing a research paper for my Social Science class on the Roman Empire's Impact on Western Civilization.  However, I am stumped on...

What would be a good thesis for this research paper?

Hello.  I am doing a research paper for my Social Science class on the Roman Empire's Impact on Western Civilization.  However, I am stumped on what my thesis should be for it.  Would anyone be so kind as to assist me in this?

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Writing an effective thesis statement is the most challenging task a writer faces because it lays the foundation for the entire paper. For this reason, often the thesis is written after researching the topic and sometimes after writing an outline for the rest of the paper.

The goal of any thesis statement is to demonstrate your competency, research, approach, and ideas relative to the topic. It orients both you and your reader or audience to the rest of the writing in the paper. It helps to narrow down the topic to something interesting enough to which to commit for the length of the writing assignment. According to your research on the topic, what angles strike you as interesting? What have other researchers or scholars written on the topic? Do you agree or disagree with what has already been published on the topic?

Try to seek out the top researchers or thought leaders on the topic to examine the general themes of those expert opinions.  Then, be sure to develop a thesis that can be backed up with sufficient evidence. Be careful not to just summarize your research, which is a mistake many writers make. Try to take a strong enough position that adds to the previous research in the field and offers a unique perspective, according to the evidence you use to build your argument. You can do this, even at your level.

The web sites of writing programs at top universities are great resources on writing thesis statements. Some of those links are included below. Good luck!

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