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The introduction of your research paper helps draw and attract readers to read the paper in its entirety. This helps introduce the reader to the main idea behind the research while presenting informative details to set the tone for the paper. This section should inform the reader with specific details related to the topic. This may include roughly five sentences that include your main argument, theme and content that introduces the scope of the research.
This may be easier said than done but will play an important role in helping you to determine important points to mention. You may need to take time to make a short list of useful sources to help you with this task. Use reputable sources such as your school website, journals, articles, and reference sites such as online databases. From here you may determine a theme to help set the tone for the introduction. This may include determining the voice your content will speak, and may be one sentence overall depending on your findings.
Your theme may help you create your outline. This is something that helps break your paper into smaller parts, but it does not have to be anything too detailed. At the same time this will help you understand main points throughout your research you may want to summarize and use to create your introduction. You may have ideas on what to mention and the order to mention it in your introduction.
Your theme may appear toward the beginning of your introduction paragraph. It may be written in a way to help the audience identify themselves with it. Make note of general words or phrases to use that readers will identify and follow, depending on the topic. In many cases, you can view written samples to get a better idea how to incorporate and organize your information. Your theme helps set the tone and may be in an active voice. Your theme may be written separate and other parts of the introduction may be written to compliment and incorporate it together into a fully detailed paragraph. Don’t wait until the last minute to get started. Allow time to proofread and edit. Ask for help from your colleagues or your instructor. Try not to use contractions and use active voice instead of passive.
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