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15 January, 2014
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Every research paper and in fact every essay has a number of components with each having its own degree of importance. The introduction and the main body paragraphs are clearly important as they aim to catch the interest of the reader and then provide the meat and two vegetables of the topic. The one remaining component though is the conclusion and writing a research paper requires some thought and preparation before creating your conclusion.
The first thing to be clear about is a definition of a conclusion. What should it contain and what should it do at the end of your research paper? The conclusion …
Reading a research paper involves a starting at the beginning and a finishing at the end. Any person reading a research paper, any article or book subconsciously knows when they are reaching the final page or pages. This is why the writer needs to be aware that a good finish or a structurally sound ending is so important. The last thing the reader of your research paper will see will be your conclusion. You must aim to leave them with a sense of satisfaction and completion at the end and that is the natural consequence of what has gone before.
In your research paper you will set out to justify your claims. You prove that you have done just that by what you write in your conclusion. It is the summing up of your case. It is the pitch you make to the reader to have them buy into your argument. Make it a winning pitch.
The natural expectation of a reader when they get to the end of research paper is a desire to have a sense of closure. They physically know they have arrived at the end but they need mentally to be sure that is the case. Aim to provide a sense of closure when creating your conclusion.
When you write your conclusion you are wrapping up the writing project. You are telling the reader and the world that all that has gone before has been proved and now the arguing is complete. Please remember the points I have made previously. Please accept the evidence I have produced. That’s your conclusion.
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