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Writing Types & Tools Page 1 Kaplan University Writing a Thesis Statement .................................................. 2 Writing an Outline .............................................................. 2 Using Facts, Examples and Definitions ................................ 7 Using Statistics .................................................................. 10 Writing Modes in Brief ...................................................... 12 Comparing and Contrasting .............................................. 13 Explaining a Process ......................................................... 16 Writing an Informative Essay ............................................ 17 Writing a Critical Essay .................................................... 26 Writing a Persuasive Essay ................................................ 32 Writing a Research Paper .................................................. 33 Creative Writing ............................................................... 35 Working with MS Word: Tech Tips for KU Students ........... 36 Samples of Formal Writing ................................................ 50 Academic Writing .......................................................... 50 Resume and Cover Letter ............................................... 50 Proposals ...................................................................... 57 Emails .......................................................................... 58 The Business Letter ........................................................ 60 Memo ........................................................................... 62 Samples of Informal Writing ............................................. 63 Discussion (Message) Board ............................................ 63 DB Acronyms ................................................................ 67 Instant Messaging .......................................................... 69 Seminar Sessions ........................................................... 70 Student Guide to Writing Types & Tools Table of Contents Kaplan University Technology Requirements p36 How to Save a File in Microsoft Word p37 How to Copy and Paste in Microsoft Word p40 How to Format Margins in Microsoft Word p42 How to Format Double Spacing in Microsoft Word p42 How to Format a Hanging Indents in Microsoft Word p43 How to Read Comments in Microsoft Word p44 How to Send an Attachment via Kaplan Internal Mail p45 Setting up a Header in Microsoft Word p47 Setting up Page Numbers in Microsoft Word p48 Saving a File in Rich Text Format (.rtf) p49
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Writing Types & Tools Page 2 Kaplan University Return to Table of Contents A thesis is a statement of one or two sentences that explains a paper’s argument, focus, or purpose. It is usually found in the paper’s introduction. The best way to write a strong thesis is to follow the process described below. While it may on the surface seem more time-consuming, the amount of time it will save you in the long run is enormous! Let’s follow Maggie Durham, a Kaplan University student, as she writes a thesis for her paper on identity theft. Her first step is to do some basic research on the topic, and so she reads two articles on identity theft. We will watch her as she takes notes, brain- storms ideas on this topic, generates a research question, and then generates a thesis statement from the research question. Here are the steps she will be following: • Read the articles and take notes on them • Brainstorm ideas from the articles you are interested in learning more about • Generate a research question • Generate a thesis Step One: Read the Articles and Take Notes on Them Whenever you are reading an article, it’s helpful to jot down notes as you read. This way you remember the important points and do not have to go back and re-read. When taking notes, make sure you are careful to mark any word-for-word excerpts with quotation marks. This will remind you that these are exact quotes from the reading and so will either need to be correctly quoted and cited or paraphrased and cited. This will help you avoid plagiarism when you go to write your paper because you will know where all your information came from!
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