In any kind of academic paper, a strong introduction makes a half of your success. It’s not an exaggeration – when a reader is hooked and excited, it is much easier to form a favorable opinion of your subsequent arguments.
How do you write, say, an abortion research paper introduction? The answer is simple – by using all the best practices of writing introductions multiplied by best practices of writing about abortions.
In this blog post, we will focus on the former.
You can see an introduction as a kind of a “bridge” that leads your readers into the middle of the action going on in your paper. This transition is very important, as it helps to prepare your readers for what you are going to say in your paper.
Why else is introduction important? Because you won’t have a second chance to make the first impression. Your writing style, the power of your words, the way you grasp attention – all of these should be impressive for your reader from the very beginning. You want to take them on an adventure, probably even an emotional rollercoaster. If you don’t make the offer attractive enough, they might refuse to go.
There are some sure-fire techniques that can be used in introductions to make them stronger and more appealing. Of course, you could take a different approach if you believe it will benefit your particular paper. These, however, work for solid 90% of all papers.
Pro Tip: Give your introduction to a friend for review. Can they tell what the paper will be about? Are they drawn into it, do they want to read more? If so, your draft is solid.
Whatever the introduction formula you choose, try using the following general best practices:
No matter how hard you worked on your introduction, don’t forget that it’s just a part of your paper. Once the reader is “baited”, proceed to the “meat” of your paper – the main body with arguments. Besides, if you start mumbling, you run a risk of losing your reader.
The context you provide should be relevant to your topic and thesis, so if you are writing about abortions within the framework of human rights, there is no need to start from the dawn of civilization and the legal system. Besides, you want to keep your reader focused.
There are a lot – the dictionary definition formula, the once upon a time formula, etc. If it seems that you’ve seen it somewhere already, then there is a good chance you have. The flaw of the clichéd introduction formulas is that they bring no value in terms of grabbing a reader’s attention right from the very beginning.
Last but not least, write your introduction last and allow sufficient time to work on it. You’ll want to write a few of them and see which one works best. You can’t overestimate the importance of this part of your paper, so it’s only reasonable to invest enough time in writing it.