Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017 Views: 2511
A thesis statement (also sometimes called a purpose statement) tells the reader what claim you will be making or point you will be showing in your writing. In other words, it gives the main argument of your work.
Usually a thesis statement appears within the first paragraph of a paper. It should be arguable, concise, and specific. Thesis statements can take many forms, so see the Writing Center's tips on constructing a thesis.
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- Check out the webinar archive and view the "Synthesis and Thesis Development" webinar recording.
- Check out the webinar archive and view the "Building and Organizing Academic Arguments" webinar recording.
- Listen to the Writing Center's podcast (select Episode 2: Thesis statements) for more thesis statement tips.
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