How To Start A Research Paper Introduction: Tips & Tricks

Every component of a research paper can be defined in precise terms. The fact paragraphs and the conclusion all have specific requirements and the same goes for the introduction. There are a number of factors or components which apply when creating your introduction and they are as follows.

  • - The reason for the creation of your research paper
  • - less is more
  • - it might be better to write the introduction after you have written the rest of your research paper
  • - for a detailed research paper, your introduction could actually be an outline
  • - explain how you will solve or answer the question considered in your paper
  • - your audience will be well aware of your topic

It's most important that the first thing the examiner or reader of your research paper understands is the reason why you have chosen the topic you have chosen. Why are you writing this paper? If you don’t know, the examiner has no chance.

It's most important that you cut to the chase when writing your introduction. All of the detail will be covered in the middle paragraphs with a summary at the end in the conclusion. The introduction is simply meant to whet the appetite of the reader. Do not overwrite. The old adage that ‘less is more’ has never been so relevant.

Some people find the introduction to be the hardest part of their research paper and wait until they have written the various fact paragraphs and the conclusion before they write their introduction. In other words the introduction is the last thing they write. That idea might work for you. Don’t waste time planning your introduction. It should write itself once you have completed every other part of the paper.

If you have a lengthy research paper you might want to think of your introduction being presented in the form of an outline. The key point of your introduction is an explanation of how you will resolve an issue or answer a question to be raised in the research paper. Make your introduction a mini essay presented as you would an outline.

Don't write down to your reader. Chances are that those reading and examining your work will be familiar with the subject at least in broad terms if not in intimate details. You don't have to waste time explaining the basics of the topic. Get stuck in.