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Composing Thesis Statement In MLA Writing Format

When you are going to writing your thesis statement, the format you are required to use doesn’t really matter until you are putting the entire paper together because the format refers to how you paper is set up.  I will take you through what goes into a thesis statement and how to set your paper up in MLA format.

What To Know First

The first thing you want to do is figure out what kind of essay you will be writing.  There are three kinds of common essays that student write.

  • Argumentative:  This kind of paper states a claim and gives evidence to back up that claim.
  • Analytical:  This paper analyzes an issue and breaks down the issue for the audience.
  • Expository:  This kind explains something to the reader.

How To Write A Thesis

  • A thesis statement tells the reader what you entire paper is about.  This statement is used to keep your ideas on track and to help the reader know what you paper is going.
  • This statement is usually found at the end of the first paragraph of your essay.
  • As you are writing your essay, you thesis might change because your research has changed and that’s okay because that just means you are doing more work on your essay in the right way.

MLA Format

MLA format is very simple to use, there are no fancy title page but you do have to put it in Times New Roman 12pt font and double-spaced.

  • You want to put your last name and page number in the right corner of your paper.
  • Next you want to put your name, teacher’s name, class, and date on the left side and aligned left.
  • Now you can start with you first title.  MLA essays have title for each section of the paper.  So you want to make sure that you choose the right ones and break up you sections into the appropriate information.
  • The last thing you want to do is to cite your work in text and in the references.  This will avoid getting in trouble for plagiarizing your work, which can lead to academic discipline.  This is in alphabetical order and is located at the end of your essay. It is set up really simple: Author’s name. “Resource Title.” Site or book title. Date wrote. Where you got the source. Date you accessed it.
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