Tips On The Research Paper Structure: Writing An Introduction

An introduction is a very important part of a paper. For most people though, it is also one of the most difficult to write. This is because when you sit down to write a paper, most of the time you will have quite a good idea of what the paper is about. You may have decided the direction you would like to take with your experimentation and the methodologies involved. You may even have done some preliminary research and literature review and have already decided what evidence or examples to use. All of this, however, is included in the middle part of the paper. The introduction is something else entirely. It is the part where you bring the topic to your reader’s attention and is, therefore, a bridge between your research and the reader’s understanding of it.

If you are looking to find out how to structure the introduction to your research paper, you have come to the right place because we can show you how. Read on and get inspired:

  • When writing an introduction, start off by thinking about the question you are trying to answer in your paper. The answer to this question is your thesis which is an integral part of your introduction. The question, therefore, is an important first step when you start writing the introduction. Start off with a general background, in a sentence or two, about the topic as presented in the question. This is called presenting the big picture.
  • You should also decide how broad you want your introduction to be. The big picture signifies a broad argument; however, it still needs to be related closely to your topic and area of study. The idea is to provide context to your arguments and thesis, not to bewilder the readers with something so broad they cannot make sense of it.
  • An important thing to note is that your introduction is your “hook”. That means that it is the instrument through which you need to grab your readers’ attention so that they become interested in reading the rest of the paper. One way to achieve that is to start off with an attention grabbing quotation, a story or an anecdote. This can even be controversial.
  • The first sentence of the introduction is key. It should be interesting as well as provide some useful information. Include your thesis statement in your introductory paragraph after you have provided a bit of context with background information.