This section will help you develop use the information that you gathered to develop your thesis statement and to construct an outline of your paper. Your thesis statement is the main argument of your paper and should be 1-2 sentences long.
You can use resources from The Learning Portal’s page on Creating a Thesis Statement for help.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) and other university writing lab websites are excellent resources to help you understand what information you’ll need to collect to properly cite references.
Here’s a tip: Try storing your notes in a spreadsheet.
Example: Among various prevention and intervention efforts that have been made to deal with the rapid growth of youth gangs, early school-based prevention programs are the most effective way to prevent youth gang involvement. In fact, you should keep the thesis statement flexible and revise it as needed.
In the process of researching and writing, you may find new information that falls outside the scope of your original plan and want to incorporate it into your paper.
Here are some steps you can try to create a thesis statement: 1.
Start out with the main topic and focus of your essay.
Here’s a tip: Although the research paper format is fairly standardized, writing guidelines may vary not only among academic institutions but also among individual professors.
Pay attention to any how-to handouts you’ve received, and don’t forget to check your university’s writing lab for more resources.