Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Police Discretion

This research guide was developed and maintained to support the university's CRIM 412 Police Discretion course.

4. How Do I Write a Thesis Statement?

     A thesis is the central idea of a piece of writing with the entire work developing and supporting the idea.  Though sometimes unstated, a thesis should always govern a paper.  It usually appears as a thesis statement somewhere in the paper, primarily in the opening paragraph.

     For help on writing a strong thesis statement for your CRIM 412 Research Writing Assignment, study the handout entitled "Thesis Statements: A Brief Guide" linked in the box at the right.  For additional help, view the tutorial on this page entitled "Creating a Thesis" and study the Thesis Statements Research Guide.  Here you will find a Thesis Statement Checklist, a description of some characteristics of a strong thesis statement, and links to useful websites.

     Finally, if needed, don't hesitate to contact or visit the Writers' Room, located in Room 1102 of the Education Center.  Appointments with a Writing Consultant may be made by calling 812-461-5359.

     The thesis statement should be submitted on Blackboard no later than the stated deadline (see Course Syllabus).  This portion of the RWA is worth 15 points.