• A clear thesis statement in your introduction: “In this paper I argue….” or, “This essay argues that….” The essay is your attempt to support this statement.
• Additionally, the introduction needs to present an overview of your paper where you explain in one brief paragraph the different sections of the paper. Example: “The first section of my paper presents the major points of Waltz’s theoretical framework. The second part of this paper then ….” etc.
• The conclusion needs to restate your argument and highlight the main contributions of your paper
Essays must display evidence of sound and critical thinking.