Thesis Statements


“A thesis statement in an essay is a sentence that explicitly identifies the purpose of the paper or previews its main ideas.”


“The thesis statement is that sentence or two in your text that contains the focus of your essay and tells your reader what the essay is going to be about.”

“A thesis statement is one of the greatest unifying aspects of a paper. It should act as mortar, holding together the various bricks of a paper, summarizing the main point of the paper ‘in a nutshell,’ and pointing toward the paper's development. Often a thesis statement will be expressed in a sentence or two.”