Your thesis statement should match the type of paper you’re writing.
Invest time in writing your thesis statement—it’s the main idea of your paper, from which everything else flows.
Most research papers fall into one of three categories: analytical, expository, or argumentative.
If you’re presenting an analysis of information, then your paper is analytical.
Any information that doesn’t fit within the framework of your outline, and doesn’t directly support your thesis statement, no matter how interesting, doesn’t belong in your research paper.
Keep your focus narrow and avoid the kitchen sink approach.
Without it, your paper will lack focus and you’ll spend much more time in the revision process trying to make sense of your jumbled thoughts.
The thesis statement is a sentence that summarizes the main point of your essay and previews your supporting points.
Create columns for elements you want to include in your paper as well as information necessary for your citations/bibliography.
Columns can include headings such as Title, Author, Reference link, Page number, and Quotes. Don’t skip the organization step—it’s critical to your paper’s success.