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English Language Learners: Academic Writing

A guide to help students who speak English as their second language with academic research and writing.

Resources for ESL Students

Developing a Thesis Statement

A thesis statement is a clear statement of your position in an argument essay. It sums up your topic, your position, and a brief "why" for your argument. This sentence generally appears at the end of your introduction.

A strong thesis:

  • takes some sort of stand.
  • justifies discussion.
  • expresses one main idea.
  • is specific.

For more on thesis writing, view Grand Prarie Regional College's guide to The Writing Process and these examples and myths about thesis statements.

Online Resources

Print and EBooks

They Say / I Say: Moves that Matter in Academic Writing

St. Martin's Guide to Writing

Writing Research Papers

The Handbook of Academic Writing

Academic Writing

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