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Now that you've done your research you can form an opinion.
- What does your research support?
- Is there a consensus amongst the experts in the field?
- Are there controversies, if so what are they?
A thesis statement should be a sentence or two declaring what your paper will be about. It should also summarize the evidence you will provide in the rest of your paper. A strong thesis statement is necessary for a strong paper. Everything in your paper should point back to your thesis statement in some clear way. Your thesis statement should appear in the first paragraph of your paper, generally as the last sentence before moving from your introduction to your body paragraphs. These are a few links to help you write a rock solid thesis statement.
Purdue OWL Thesis Writing Tips
The Purdue OWL gives a couple tips on how to write a thesis statement, as well as gives a number of examples of strong thesis statements.
Thesis Statements from the Writing Center at UNC
The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill gives a definition of thesis statements, questions to ask yourself as you prepare to write your thesis statement, and examples of strong thesis statements.
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