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How to Write an Academic Paper
Elements of a Strong Thesis Statement
States what the paper is about
Makes a claim or answers a question
"your point of view on the topic directly and in one sentence." (Thesis Statements, 2016).
Usually one sentence included in the introduction of the paper.
How To Create a Strong Introduction
"The introductory paragraph of an essay allows you to give your readers general information about your topic." (Odak, 2017).
"Start off with the big picture sentence or two and then focus in on the details of your argument." (Introductions, 2016).
Introduces the reader to the topic and must catch the readers attention so they want to continue reading.
Introduction must be "concise, engaging, and well written." (Introductions, 2016). )
Elements of a Paragraph
"first sentence of a paragraph is the topic sentence. The topic sentence tells you
what the paragraph will be about. From a good topic sentence, you should be able to predict the
content of the paragraph." (Paragraphs, Academic Writing, n.d.).
Body of the paragraph is a few sentences which support the topic sentence.
The final sentence is the "concluding sentence which summarizes the main points of the paragraph." (Paragraphs, Academic Writing, n.d.).
Introduce information in the topic sentence, provide more information and explanation in the body, and use the conclusion to tie everything together.
How to Construct the Body of a Paragraph
Use a topic sentence and a conclusion
Ensure each paragraph relates back to the thesis
"included all of the necessary information, explanation and support for your main point or topic sentence so that your reader fully understands the point you are trying to make." (The Body of the Paragraph, n.d.).
Use transitions between paragraphs and sections of the essay.
Elements of a Good Conclusion
"A conclusion should help readers see why all your analysis and information should matter to them." (Conclusions, 2016).
"Synthesize, don't summarize." Conclusions, 2016). Don't just state the same things you have said in the paper.
Ask a question or propose a course of action
A conclusion should "give the essay a sense of completeness and leave a final impression on the reader." (Holewa, 2004).
Bring the essay to a close.
Thesis Statements. (2016). The Writing Center, University of Northern Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Introductions. (2016). The Writing Center, University of Northern Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Odak, S. (2017). How to Write an Introduction Paragraph with a Thesis Statement. Retrieved on March 15, 2017 from http://penandthepad.com/write-introduction-paragraph-thesis-statement-2548.html
Paragraphs, Academic Writing. (n.d.). Academic Skills Office, University of New England.
The Body of Your Paragraph. (n.d.). Powerwrite, Furman University.
Conclusions. (2016). The Writing Center, University of northern Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Holewa, R. (2004, February 14). Strategies for Writing a Conclusion. Literacy Education Online. Retrieved from http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/conclude.html.