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Thesis Statements

Thesis statements can be tricky.

However, most thesis statements share similar characteristics. 

Check the list below to see if your thesis has each of these.

  • Makes an argument that a reasonable person could understand
  • Identifies specific topics addressed in the rest of the paper
  • Explores a connection between the key factors it names
  • Gives the reader a good idea about what the paper will be about
  • Is a complete, grammatically correct statement
  • Is a concise declaration or description
  • Is logical and makes sense
  • Usually is the last sentence in the introduction

*Adapted from Lisa Baglione’s Thesis Statement Checklist

This is another GREAT handout to help you make your Thesis Statement (Created by Michael Gentry, Tutoring Center Director, BYU Idaho)