Pay attention to any how-to handouts you’ve received, and don’t forget to check your university’s writing lab for more resources.
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.