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Rules of Thumb for Paper-Writing 1 State the main thesis of your paper at (or near) the beginning. You can begin with “I will argue that…” Stay focused. Your paper should first describe the data (the material, the information) you’re working with, and then analyze and assess it. Conclusions should conclude the paper, so don’t introduce new material in them. Take the material you’re working with seriously. You may disagree with it, but do not dismiss it out of hand. Avoid making vague and sweeping generalities, for example: “Mexican families are more close- knit than families in the U.S.” Vague generalizations add nothing. Stick to the points you can convincingly make, which means points you can support with citations, data, references to authoritative sources (this can be you—your own experience—if you make it clear what your source is), and the like. Write clearly. A piece of writing reads best when sentences vary in length, but if you feel insecure about your writing ability, use short sentences.
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