A thesis statement is a one or two-sentence condensation of the argument or analysis
that is contained in your paper.
Developing an initial thesis statement can help you when researching and writing your
paper by helping you stay on track. You may need to modify your initial thesis statement
as your research progresses, but in its final form your thesis statement should reflect
the overall purpose and essence of your paper.
Thesis statements often are included in the first paragraph of a paper, so that instructor
knows what you intend to write about in the rest of the paper.