Notice that since I took a direct quote from John Smith's book, I placed those words in quotation marks. Notice also that I placed the date that the book was published directly after the author's name in parentheses--this is proper APA format. Finally, notice that because I explained WHO wrote the book and WHAT book it comes from, the reader is easily able not only to find the source on his/her own to check my facts, but the reader is also more likely to believe what I have to say now that they know that my information comes from a credible source.
A sample of a thesis paragraph
Imagine that you have to write a paper about Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn”. If you write something like Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” is a great novel , you will certainly fail to make a good thesis paragraph. You need to be more specific for the reader to understand your point, for example:
Through contrasting river and shore scenes, Twain’s Huckleberry Finn suggests that to find the true expression of American democratic ideals, one must leave “civilized” society and go back to nature.
You can also find more examples of a thesis paragraph on the following websites:
http://owl. english ./owl/resource/545/01/ and
http://www. unc .edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/.
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