“Defining” What You Mean

It is always best to define what you mean.

For example, define terms. To do this, examine the term you are using and determine first if it has any relevance to what you are discussing within your paper. If yes, then try to define it in terms of constructing a definition. Before moving forward, check to determine if the definition is a match to the dictionary meaning. After this, check to see if your definition has any connection, correlation, or match to your topic sentence or to whatever you are discussing in a particular paragraph.

The purpose of this exercise is to make certain that anything you put in the body paragraphs of your paper supports the ideas you express within your thesis. In other words, always remember your thesis. Every element of your paper that comes after the thesis must conform to the thesis.

Therefore, take a quick look at your thesis to see if your definition is appropriate to the overall subject of your paper (and the author’s work). If you have done this, and you are fine with your results, move on to the next word or group of words.

This quick-reference topic falls under the comment “Rephrase.” You may click the link to view the post.

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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