The first section is the Introduction which includes the thesis statement and points leading up to the thesis statement.
Not only will this allow you to make new comparisons or arguments for or against a preexisting topic, but will assist you with finding research materials—you can use the same or similar research materials as the person you are basing your argument upon.
Use wikis to keep your research and sources organized.
The thesis statement consists of a single sentence containing between 2 and 5 points depending on the length of the paper.
If your thesis takes more than one sentence to state, revise your thesis. In the body, you set upon the task of proving the points made by the thesis.