A thesis statement in an academic paper offers an answer to a specific question or an interpretation of a specific issue. Oftenthough not alwaysexpressed in a single sentence at the end of a first paragraph, the thesis establishes a “debatable claim” for readers that the writer will develop and argue throughout the text. 

Developing your thesis

How to write a good thesis statement

Types of thesis statements: analytical, expository, and argumentative (http://writingcenter.appstate.edu/sites/writingcenter.appstate.edu/files/Creating%20a%20Thesis%20Statement.pdf)

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