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How To Write An Interesting Introduction For A Research Paper

The introduction for your research paper is very important. Most people worry about the rest of the article and fail to concentrate on this section. This is a bad idea because your paper is only as good as this section of the article. You have to write your introduction as if your audience has never heard of your topic before because you can’t make the assumption that they have. Here are some tips on how to write an interesting introduction for your research paper.

  1. Start with an interesting fact
  2. You want to start your introduction off with an interesting fact that you have learned while doing the research. It can be a shocking or interesting fact that you found while doing your research. It should relate directly with the topic of your paper. You can use a statistic that you found interesting and that usually works really well when writing this type of paper.

  3. Give background information
  4. The next step is to give a little bit of background information on the topic that you are writing about. It should include any information that your reader would need to know to really understand your paper. It can be a little history or just an explanation of what your topic is.

  5. Define any terms
  6. If there are any topic specific terms relating to your main topic, you should define them in the introduction as well. That way your reader will be able to understand if you use these terms later on. If it is specific to your topic, they should not have to get a dictionary to understand it because that is your job.

  7. Expressing your thesis statement
  8. The thesis statement in one sentence that explains the entire focus of your paper. It is what your entire paper will be on. It is usually the last sentence of the introduction. It can also be used as a transition to the first body paragraph. Remember that this statement should relate directly to the title of the piece and should be the focus of the paper. If you include information that does not relate to this statement, you are taking away from the paper instead of enhancing it.

These are the four elements that you should include in any introduction. If you feel like you don’t need to define any terms, you can omit that section.