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How To Write A Good Introduction To Your Research Paper: Top 7 Suggestions


The introduction to any piece of writing is absolutely vital! It serves many purposes, including setting the tone of the rest of the work. Have a look at our seven top suggestions for writing an excellent introduction to your research paper.

  1. Understand the purpose of an introduction
  2. As mentioned above, the first paragraph of any paper is essential. It introduces the reader to the subject matter of the paper, and it sets the tone for the rest of the work. It also serves to help the reader decide whether they care to read the work or not. All of these things make the first paragraph of any work crucial to its success.

  3. Think about the subject of the rest of your paper
  4. The first paragraph of your research paper needs to introduce the subject matter of the work to your reader. So, spend some time thinking about how you want to present the issue to your reader.

  5. Pay attention to your first sentence
  6. Just as the first paragraph of your work is vital, so the first sentence of that first paragraph is also essential. This first sentence needs to create an excellent first impression, so make sure you edit it until it’s as perfect as it can be.

  7. Try to hook your reader
  8. One of the functions of the first paragraph of any essay is to hook the reader and get them to read the whole work. There are a few different ways to hook your reader, such as using an interesting quote or a surprising fact.

  9. Try writing a tentative introduction
  10. If you’re really struggling to get your first paragraph right, try writing a quick, tentative one. Then go back to it later, perhaps after you’ve completed the rest of your research paper. You may just have a better idea of how to do a good job after you’ve completed the rest of your essay.

  11. Try writing your introduction last
  12. Still stuck? Rather do your entire essay first, and write your first paragraph afterwards. There’s no point in wasting your time if you really can’t do it fist. As discussed earlier, you may find it a lot easier to write your first paragraph after you’ve done the rest of your essay, anyway.

  13. Don’t be afraid to go back and change your introduction
  14. Once you’ve written your whole research paper, you may find that your introduction isn’t suitable anymore. If that’s the case, don’t be afraid to go back and adjust or change your first paragraph. After all, part of its purpose is to describe what the rest of the essay is all about.