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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 reference list, which lists on a separate page all the sources used in the in-text citations, and only the sources used in-text.