Students who are in the process of writing theses may find a wealth of assistance by consulting example theses in order to view how other writers have handled certain key issues. Example theses may help the student find inductive answers to questions of research, formatting and style, and argumentation.
First, an example thesis that discusses a similar topic to the one the student has chosen may provide some excellent research assistance. The example thesis may offer a comprehensive bibliography on the subject, through which the student may identify research sources that he or she otherwise would have missed. In a similar way, students whose theses stray into a subject of lesser familiarity at any point may find it helpful to read some example bibliographies on that subject, thereby reducing the time spent in researching that secondary subject.
Second, an example thesis that uses the appropriate style manual can immediately show the student how to format pages and cite research sources correctly. Such example information can often provide much faster help than browsing a style manual to find the correct principle; the only caution is that the student must be sure that the example thesis follows the most recent edition of the necessary style manual.
Third, example theses can help students determine how to structure their arguments in the most effective manner. Through reading several example theses, students should be able to come to an understanding of how to differentiate between major and minor points, how to state personal ideas and opinions authoritatively and persuasively, and how to support each point with research-based evidence or expert opinion. Additionally, example theses can demonstrate how to write a strong introduction that adequately presents the argument in an encapsulated form and how to write a conclusion that compelling reiterates the argument and makes the reader carefully consider it.