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How do I write a good thesis for an academic essay?
The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper and aids your reader to prepare for the argument that you will lay out ahead. It should be a single sentence that makes a debatable claim. Your thesis statement is an assertion that requires evidence and support, not a universally agreed-upon fact or an observation. In line with that, thesis statement should be narrow rather than broad. If it is too broad, you will not be able to fully discuss the topic in your paper. If your thesis statement is sufficiently narrow, it can be fully supported by the evidence you will provide. A thesis statement has one main point rather than several points. More than one idea will be too difficult for the reader to understand and the writer to support. Keeping all of that in mind, review the following questions while developing and refining your thesis statement: 1. Is my thesis debatable? 2. Is my thesis specific and narrow? 3. Does my thesis pass the “so what?” test? 4. If the reader asks this question, you need to make the significance of your thesis clearer. 5. Does my thesis pass the “how and why?” test? If the reader asks these questions, your thesis may be vague, or it may not provide enough guidance. 6. Does my essay support my thesis clearly and specifically?
When should I use a semicolon?
The semicolon can be used to link two independent clauses that are related in thought. You should also use semicolons when your sentence includes a list and one or more of the items contains commas.
What does "filter bubble" refer to, in regards to social media and online activity?
The theory of filter bubbles can help us understand online social activity and information consumption. The writer Eli Pariser explains that the term filter bubble refers to algorithmic results that dictate the information we are served online. You can think of your filter bubble as your own personalized online environment. The problem is that filter bubbles can create online environments that silo or separate us. Pariser refers to this as the creation of echo chambers. This is significant because so many of us receive most of our information and news from online sources. This means that the way we think about the world around us is dictated by the information we are served from algorithms that we don't often understand.
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