Developing a Thesis Statement

Developing a Thesis Statement
University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center

This source both explains what a thesis statement is while also providing detailed instructions about how to develop a thesis statement. Each specific step leads the viewer to a new page with in-depth examples and instructions as to how to go about each step in the process. The steps that this source outlines are identifying the topic, deriving a main point from the topic, drafting a thesis statement, refine the draft, and then complete the final thesis statement. The most helpful aspect of this source is that it devotes a great deal of space to explaining the steps it takes to refine and finalize a draft. This is particularly useful because some of the information could be applicable to revisions in general.

Writing a Thesis Statement
The Writing Center at Webster University

This source, although simple and concise, contains a good section explaining what a thesis statement should do and what a thesis statement should not do. It characterizes them as clear, restricted, and precise. It also suggests some important questions for the writer to consider, such as “what is my opinion on the subject? What am I going to illustrate or define or argue in this paper?” I think it is helpful that this source addresses the fact that thesis statements can define, argue, or illustrate something. However, I do not think this source goes into enough detail about the distinctions among the various types of thesis statements. Ultimately, I think this source would be most helpful for a student who simply wants to know what a thesis statement is, and what its function is.

Writing A Thesis Statement
College of Southern Nevada

The aspect of this source that I found to be most helpful was the bottom half of the handout that explains the different types of thesis statements possible. It clearly outlines how the purpose of the paper affects how you write your thesis statement. While the explanation of how to develop a thesis statement may be too vague, this handout clearly and concisely describes what a thesis statement is and its purpose while also addressing the fact that thesis statements vary depending on the type of paper that is being written.

Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements
The Writing Lab and Owl at Purdue

The OWL website offers concise explanations of the types of thesis statements. This source could be useful to students who are trying to determine what type of paper they are writing and in turn, what type of thesis statement would be most appropriate. This source offers some very basic but pertinent information. It offers three simple pieces of advice: make your thesis specific, put it at the end of your first paragraph, and don’t be afraid to revise your thesis after you have written your paper.

Compiled by Avery Artman