1.) Take a stand on an issue
2.) Respect other views
3.) Using evidence, assert your point of view
Begin with a Topic that attracts interest:
Slave revolts in Jamaica
Focus the question:
During the 18th-century revolts, enslaved persons in Jamaica acted in a systematic, organized way to gain control and secure their land and freedom. Despite European accounts, their knowledge of the landscape contributed to their success during the Revolt at St. Mary's, Westmoreland, and finally Simon's March.
I. Revolt at St. Mary's
II. Revolt at Westmoreland
III. Simon's March
If your assignment requirements allow you to do so, it may be a good idea to complete preliminary research before you develop a thesis statement. Preliminary research will indicate if there are resources available to support your thesis statement.
Browse the links below to learn about thesis statements.
A Bibliography is an alphabetical list of sources that you consulted when you wrote your term project, essay, research paper, or assignment. The sources that you consulted may have expanded your knowledge of the topic, but you may not have used them beyond that.
In contrast, a Works Cited page is an alphabetical list of sources that you cited, (quoted, summarized, or paraphrased), when you wrote your term project, essay, research paper, or assignment.
The Bibliography page is headed Bibliography and is usually longer; the Works Cited page is headed Works Cited, but the citation formats and page setups are the same.
See the sample Works Cited page below. Click on the Citing Sources tab for help formatting your citations.