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Tips for Dummies: How to write a Research Paper Introduction
The introduction is the most important part of the paper in regards of grasping the reader’s attention so that he or she is interested in reading on. It’s simple really. If your introduction is unable to do that, there is really no point in writing the rest of the paper. Also, the introduction sets the tone and success for the rest of the research paper. Here are tips for dummies on how to write a research paper introduction. (You’re not actually being thought of as a “dummy!”)
First, Select a Topic you like and that thoroughly Interests You
- If you select a topic (thesis) that personally interests you, you will better enjoy the task of writing the introduction, and chances are you already know a lot about the topic.
- You will find it easier to state what you are trying to say and present your side of an argument. That is, get your point across well.
- Also, if it interests you, this will naturally reflect in your writing and pass on to the reader.
Second, Make Sure Your Topic is Easily Arguable
- The goal of the overall research paper is to get your reader to see your side of the argument and agree with you.
- A helpful way to make sure that your topic is easily arguable is to browse through the existing body of research. If there is a lot on your topic, you’ve chosen a good topic that will make for an overall good paper and a fantastic introduction.
Third, ensure you include the Key Elements of an Introduction
- There are two main elements in every great introduction.
- The first is background information that introduces your reader to what the research is. This is when the reader finds out what he or she will be reading.
- The second is the thesis statement, your side of the argument. A logical, coherent introduction gives the background first and ends with the thesis.
Fourth, Make an Outline for Your introduction
- Making an outline is the final step before writing your first draft.
- The outline provides a visual in seeing if your background information is uniform and flows together rationally.
- Be sure to make the outline very detailed. The more detail in the outline results in easier writing.
After you have done all the above in the recommended order, you should be ready to write the first draft of the introduction portion of your research paper in a well thought-out, cohesive fashion that inspires your reader to read on.