DEVELOPING A THESIS STATEMENT. THIS IS THE MAIN IDEA OR CENTRAL THEME THAT YOU ARE DEVELOPING, AND THE BODY OF THE PAPER SHOULD BE DESIGNED TO SUPPORT YOUR THESIS.
Developing a thesis statement. This is the main idea or central theme that you are developing, andthe body of the paper should be designed to support your thesis. Therefore, the thesis should be stated at the outset of the paper, in your introduction. For example, "Should Abraham Lincoln be regarded as 'the Great Emancipator'?" Here you provide evidence in support of this idea, as well as information to the contrary. Then you would weigh the merits of one versus the other and draw a conclusion. In the conclusion, you could take sides or decline to do so by indicating that both viewpoints have merit and why you believe that to be the case.II. Research Paper Annotated BibliographyWrite an annotated bibliography. This will list and describe a minimum of 10 primary and secondary sources, with specific requirements detailed below, that you may use in your paper. The annotated bibliography should involve a variety of primary and secondary sources, including at least two primary sources and articles from at least two academic journals; it should not include encyclopedias (including Wikipedia), dictionaries, or nonprofessional websites. Each annotation should include a full, properly formatted Chicago style citation, 12 paragraphs detailing the basic argument of the work, the type of evidence used to prove the thesis, and an explanation of the value of the information to your paper. Identifying primary and secondary sources. Primary sources would be the words and deeds of Lincoln himself, and those of his contemporaries—like Frederick Douglass—while secondary sources would be what have been written about Lincoln based upon primary sources. The foundation of the paper must be primary sources, with secondary sources being used to present and/or support the thesis based on the work of other scholars.