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Thesis Statements

There is no universally correct thesis statement; however, many thesis statements contain these similar characteristics. According to Baglione, thesis statements should. . .

  • Make an argument that a reasonable person could understand
  • Identify specific topics addressed in the rest of the paper
  • Explore a connection between the key factors it names
  • Give the reader a good idea about what the paper will be about
  • Be a complete, grammatically correct statement
  • Be a concise declaration or description
  • Be logical and make sense
  • Be the last sentence in the introduction

Baglione, Lisa. “Writing A Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods” 2nd ed, SAGE Publications, 2012, pp. 73–86.