An introduction is probably the most important part of your research paper because it is where you begin to convince your reader that you facts and research are worthy of their attention. In fact, an introduction is the most important part of the research paper itself. So, before you even begin writing your paper, spend some time writing an introduction. Your introduction sets the tone and direction of your paper and is therefore important to spend time on.
AN EXCERPT FROM THE WORD MANIPulator
The introduction is where you get your ideas on the main topic down on paper so that you can write them down and incorporate them into your research paper writing. So, before you begin your research paper writing, spend a few minutes writing an introduction.
Note: To be effective, the introduction must provide a reason for choosing the particular topic(s) for which you are writing. You will find the same reasons exist for many different topics and you need to be able to identify and choose a topic that will be convincing to your reader.
This is usually a shorter preface and is usually written at the end of your introduction. The purpose of an epilogue is to suggest that the reader knows more about the topic than was previously known and make sure he or she wants to learn more. Therefore, before you begin writing your paper, make sure that you have discussed each topic and answered any questions that your reader may have. Also, make sure that your conclusion is strong and is designed to make sure your reader does not want to stop reading.
An outline is the skeleton of your essay. It helps you keep things organized, allows you to review what you have written, and answers any questions that you may have along the way. Before you begin writing your paper, sit down and make a list of all the main points that you want to include in your introduction, your body and your conclusion. Then organize these points in the following order: introduction, body, conclusion.
A FOCUS TOOL
If you have already written your introduction and/or body, this will make the job of the focus tool much easier. If you are a new student, you can get some good use out of a highlighter or a simple pointer. Simply highlight the main points in both of these documents (the introduction and the conclusion) and use them as a guide when you are writing. For instance, if your thesis is on Shakespeare’s Titus Maximius, you could highlight this and use it as your focal point. However, if your thesis is on the characteristics of an efficient leader, you would simply use the outline for the main points of your paper.
Your outline is not your final draft. Even after you have written your introduction and/or body, you still have plenty of time to go back and revise your outline. In fact, many professors give their students three or four months to edit and re-write their outlines. After all, a good outline is a tool that will help you compile and organize your research papers into an outline format.
When you come to the end of your outline, there is only one step left to take – your research paper conclusion. This is where you summarize your main points, include your conclusion, discuss your recommendations, and sign off. The important thing to remember here is to keep your conclusion as clean and concise as possible – i.e. make sure it ties up the various points that you discussed in your outline.
Writing a conclusion is probably the easiest part of the entire process of writing research papers. You must simply summarize what you had discussed in the introduction and body of your paper. However, many students overlook the importance of the conclusion. A weak ending will automatically set you up for a poor conclusion, so make sure your conclusion is strong and powerful.