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.
13. Include a title on your proposal. I'm amazed at how often the title is left for the end of the student's writing and then somehow forgotten when the proposal is prepared for the committee. A good proposal has a good title and it is the first thing to help the reader begin to understand the nature of your work. Use it wisely! Work on your title early in the process and revisit it often. It's easy for a reader to identify those proposals where the title has been focused upon by the student. Preparing a good title means: