Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Writing the introduction, part of Writing a Research Paper.
- [Instructor] Even though the introduction…is the first thing the reader sees,…it is not necessarily, and probably shouldn't be,…the first thing the writer writes.…Sometimes writing the body first…will help you compose the introduction.…Whether it's written first or last,…the introduction has specific requirements.…Let's look at those.…First, it will contain the thesis statement,…that umbrella sentence that tells the reader…the purpose of the research paper.…The reader knows immediately that flexibility,…individuality, and parental obligations…will be the discussion's focus in the essay.…
Because it is important that the reader know…what the central idea is, the thesis is usually…the first or the last sentence in…the introductory paragraph.…Those two locations are the primary emphasis points.…Even though the thesis is certainly…an important part of the introduction, it isn't enough.…That first paragraph also needs to get…the reader's attention, and get her interested…in your topic and your research.…Certainly there is no one exact way…
- Understanding the different types of research papers
- Researching the topic
- Brainstorming your focus
- Developing a thesis statement
- Writing topic sentences
- Composing a title
- Using a style guide
- Formatting your paper
Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Examining Types of Research Papers
2. Preparing to Write
3. Writing the Paper
4. Citing Sources
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