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The Conclusion Finishes the Essay
The first sentence of the conclusion should restate the thesis statement, reminding the reader in different words what the essay has shown or proved. You should then offer a brief discussion of your topic, reminding the reader what the most important parts of the essay were. You should finish your essay with the "take home" message, the single most important point you want the reader to remember after the reader has put down your paper. This could take the form of a quotation, a fact, a statistic, or a well-developed, original thought. Following the conclusion is the Bibliography, which lists on a separate page all the sources used in the footnotes or end notes. It typically lists only these sources but can also include sources consulted but not directly cited in the notes.