What is the purpose of a thesis statement? Where does it go? Why do you need one?

  • Compose a complete sentence.
  • Make a significant claim or assertion.
  • Write a declarative sentence, not a question.
  • Expect to change or add to your thesis.
  • Introduce thesis early in the project. 
  • Make sure it fits your audience and purpose.

Here are some tips and examples of Report thesis statements:

Deforestation is mainly caused by human actions and has a negative impact on the environment.

  • Write a declarative sentence. Not a question no matter what Professor Ramos wrote down. 
  • Be clear. Do not use vague words.
  • A thesis for a report previews material or explains its purpose.
  • Thesis statements normally go near the beginning. 
  • A thesis explains your purpose so the reader knows what you are talking about. 
  • Explains your assignment/report/essay.


  1. Answer questions.
  2. Review what is already known about a subject.
  3. Report new knowledge

Report Title

For the last assignment we were creative with our titles. A report title needs to be more specific. Look up some examples and see if you notice any patterns. 

Marathons for Women by Susan Wilcox

From Scroll to Screen by Lev Grossman

Wind Technologies Market Report 2012 by U.S. Department of Energy

Here is an example from our class:

21st Century Causes of Deforestation

Find more examples. Come up with your own.


For this report you can choose to use MLA or APA style. Choose the style that you will use in your field. 

We will begin researching in earnest today. You should have one source by today and your research worksheet filled out. We will spend time researching in class. You need to have your first two sources today, including one for background information. 

You will need to summarize, paraphrase, and quote your sources in your report. 

Intro to Research

Scholarly research is research that is published by people with specialized knowledge on what they are researching. It is peer reviewed, reviewed by other researchers and specialist in the field, and is generally trustworthy. Blogs, Newspapers, Magazines are not Scholarly but are popular sources.

academic_research No subscription needed. Good place to look at the main issues around a topic.

Occupational Outlook Handbook The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

Google Scholar Google academic database search. Great place to start.


The homework is going to be to get all your sources, fill out your research worksheet, and begin annotating your sources.