If you feel the assignment is unclear, don’t go any further without talking to your professor about it.
Say it with me: a research paper without a thesis question or statement is just a fancy book report. Every good thesis statement has three important qualities: it’s focused, it picks a side, and it can be backed up with research.
Some professors will even have a list of required resources (e.g.
“Three academic articles, two books, one interview…etc).
In this text document, I start compiling a list of all the sources I’m using.
It tends to look like this: Remember that at this point, your thesis isn’t solid. If your research starts to strongly contradict your thesis, then come up with a new thesis, revise, and keep on compiling quotes. Depending on how long your paper is, you should have 3-10 different sources, with all sorts of quotes between them.
Let’s get a little more in-depth with this: The introduction is made up of two main parts: the thesis and the introduction to the supporting points.
This is where you essentially tell your reader exactly what sort of wild ride they’re in for if they read on.
Put your weakest point first, and your strongest point last. Basically, take your introduction outline and copy it over.
Your conclusion should be about a paragraph long, and it should summarize your main points and restate your thesis.