1. Determine what kind of paper you are writing (analytical, expository, or argumentative).
2. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.
3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.
4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.
Check out the Purdue Online Writing Lab for more tips on writing thesis statements!