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One of the main components of a good research paper is a decent conclusion. If your conclusion is written poorly, your readers may not understand the importance of your work clearly. Moreover, your final score will be lower. For this reason, you should learn some basic rules for writing conclusions. Here are the tips that you should follow.
You should restate your topic in your conclusion. Also, explain why this topic is important. You don’t need to spend a lot of words on this, but it’s always good to remind the readers about such things.
It’s also important to rephrase your thesis statement that was given in the introduction. Try to make it look different from your original thesis statement, but convey the same message.
You should give your readers a summation of your main points given in the body of your research paper. To do this, you should re-read the topic sentences of each paragraph and restate them in your conclusion. There is no need to mention details because they’ve been already explained in the body. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t add new points in your conclusion.
Besides stating the significance of the topic in general, you should also indicate the importance of your own contribution to the development the topic. List the important issues that you’ve addressed in your work.
In the research papers related to scientific or public topics, it’s necessary to make a call to action. Usually, this is done by proposing a few ways for the further investigation of your particular topic.
To make your paper look like a complete thought, you may create a connection between your introduction and your conclusion. To do this, you should, for example, ask a question in your introduction and give an answer on it in your conclusion. Another option is to tell some story in the introduction, but give its ending only in the conclusion.
It’s advisable not to use various clichéd phrases in your conclusion, like “in closing” or “in summary”. This looks very straightforward and even unnatural sometimes. Using these phrases will mean that you need to label your conclusion in order to make your readers understand that this is a conclusion.
If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to write strong and persuasive conclusions for your research papers.
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