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Subject: Writing

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I am not sure how to write my thesis. I am writing a persuasive paper on why smoking is bad for you; how would I start?

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Answer:

First, it's important to know the attributes of a thesis. A thesis typically directly answers the question asked of you, makes a claim that others might dispute (and picks a clear side), includes supporting reasons, and is usually a single sentence at the end of your intro paragraph. It kind of acts as a roadmap for your reader by letting them know what else to expect from the paper, as your supporting reasons will each have their own body paragraph. For example, let's say I was writing a paper on why vaccinations should be mandatory. My thesis would be: Vaccinations against diseases such as polio, rubella, and mumps, should be mandatory for all children of the U.S. who wish to attend school because vaccinations are critical to the control and eradication of deadly infectious diseases. The first half of my thesis includes the subject matter and my clear stance on the topic, as well as a claim that others might dispute. The latter half includes my reasons, which is that vaccinations control deadly infectious diseases and that they eradicate them too.

Subject: Sociology

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using official documents and official statistics as sources of sociological data?

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The advantages of using existing documents and official statistics are that they are inexpensive and convenient sources of high-quality data. The disadvamtages are that they must be used cautiously because they often reflect the biases of the individuals and organizations that created them rather than the interests of the researcher.

Subject: English

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What are literary devices and how can I identify them in a story?

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Literary devices refer to the typical structures used by a writer to convey their message in their work, usually in a simple manner. To identify them within a story, you should first be familiar with the different types of literary devices and their attributes. There are quite a few but once you learn them, they will be easy to memorize, especially if you create little memorization tricks for them. For example, one common literary device is personification. This is when a writer takes a non-human object and gives it human attributes, such as emotions, in order to better convey their message. "The flower looked sad" would be an example. My trick for remembering this device is remembering that the word 'person' is in the name and that reminds me of 'giving an object traits that a person would have.' From there, I know that whenever a non-human object is given human traits, the writer is using the literary device known as personification.

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