After you’ve narrowed your topic, you must create a thesis. Your thesis is your argument and/or the answer to your research question and it belongs in your introduction. The body of your essay will prove why your thesis is valid using specific evidence from your sources.
Thesis statements must be arguable. This means people could reasonably disagree. You must be able to argue that your thesis is reasonable, supported by evidence, and worthy of taking seriously.
Thesis statements must be specific. You need to be able to support your thesis with evidence from reputable sources. What are your sources’ main arguments? Where do your sources agree? Which claims are controversial? The answers to these questions are jumping-off points for your own thinking.
It’s okay if your thesis changes as you research. You should expect to revise your work as you go along!
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Trent University (n. d.). Topic and thesis development. Retrieved from http://www.trentu.ca/academicskills/documents/TopicandThesisDevelopment.pdf