Notre Dame Libraries Information Literacy Pot of Gold

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University of Notre Dame

  1. Home
  2. Introduction
  3. Information Cycle
  4. Investigating
  5. Searching
  6. Locating
  7. Evaluating
  8. Utilizing
  9. Ask a Librarian
  10. Acknowledgements

Investigating

Avoiding Poor Thesis Statements

It is important not only to have a thesis statement, but to have a good one. An inadequate thesis statement is almost as bad as not having one at all.

Below and on the next few pages are examples of thesis statements you'll want to avoid - because they'll lead to weak papers with poor grades:

WHY UNSUITABLE?

  • Way too vague and broad.
  • What constitutes "major impact"?
  • What aspects of the environment are we talking about?
  • What century are we talking about?
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