Essay Thesis

An essay thesis is appropriate for disciplines in which the student's education focuses on the development of rhetorical skills or professional opinions, such as literary criticism, creative writing, homiletics, and other fields in the humanities. Students who are writing essay theses should propound well-developed, defensible positions with excellent rhetorical and persuasive skills. . . . .


Thesis Report

In contrast to a thesis essay, which is a largely self-contained, text-based project that revolves around the student's defense of an idea, a thesis report provides an explanation of work that the student has done in a separate project. This project may be an experiment; a form of primary research, such as surveying a group of people; a practicum in which the student learns how to perform the skills required by the discipline, such as in nursing or counseling; or any of a number of other projects. . . . .


Music Thesis

When students write music theses, they often do so as part of a larger course of study that also involves music performance and possibly music composition. Therefore, a music thesis should be a project that adds to and supports the other areas of one's study within the discipline. . . . .


Literature Review Paper

A literature review paper contains several key elements, including an introduction, summary, analysis of the work of literature, and a conclusion. The analysis is by far the most important part of any literature review paper, because the goal of a literature review is to prove the value of a work of literature to people who have not yet read it. Therefore, students who are writing literature review papers should spend the majority of their papers discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the work. . . . .


Research Literature Review

A research literature review is a summary and critique of a work of literature that reports the research of a given field. Students who are working on thesis projects may need to write several formal or informal research literature reviews in the course of determining whose work is the most integral and informative to the subject at hand. . . . .


Senior Thesis

A senior thesis is a large project that one completes before receiving a bachelor's degree. Usually this project will reflect one's area of keenest interest within the academic discipline. For example, if an English literature student has loved William Faulkner more than any other English language writer, he or she will probably consider writing a senior thesis on one of Faulkner's literary works. . . . .


Ph D Thesis

One writes a Ph D thesis as the crowning project before receiving a doctoral degree, and it usually represents the most strenuous, the deepest, and the most significant work of one's academic career. Because of the depth of research and thought necessary to produce a good Ph D thesis, one becomes an expert in that subject and often goes on to teach that subject at the university level. . . . .


Synthesis Essay

In a synthesis essay, one performs research on a selected topic and writes an essay that weaves the research sources together to form a coherent unit of thought. Synthesis essays may or may not make a persuasive argument; in either case, their primary goal is to show the writer's ability to read many different research sources and to fit them together to present the reader with a unique body of information. . . . .


Literature Reviews

Literature reviews provide an invaluable service for academia because they perform the function of the peer review, in which one expert in the field analyzes the work of another expert and evaluates the validity and reputability of that work. This function allows people who know less about the field to feel comfortable trusting or ignoring major works of literature based on the reviewer's educated, disinterested opinion. . . . .


Research Paper Thesis

A research paper thesis discusses a selected topic in a highly detailed, highly informed way. Research paper theses require the strongest research that a student has ever conducted; they are the culmination of a college career of learning to conduct research, to determine the value of research sources, and to synthesize that information in writing. . . . .