Creating A Good Research Paper Introduction: A Complete Guide


When writing an introduction to a research paper, you should always check whether there are specific requirements set out by your course or tutor with regards to structure, citation, presentation and such, but the content of any essay introduction basically comprises of the same elements.

Here’s my guide to the essentials you need to know:

  • Studying other examples before you even begin composing your own is a great idea. The more examples you peruse, the better equipped you will be to tackle the task. You can find plenty of samples in theses in your campus library, as well as on plenty of educational websites

  • An introduction is always best written last, for you will already know what the outline of your work will be if you’ve already written it!

  • Make sure you have made space in your study timetable to fit in writing the introduction. Just because it’s only an outline doesn’t mean it’s not important. It’s just as crucial as the chapters and conclusion. After all, any beginning has to engage a reader!

  • It should be clear and concise.

  • Introduce the broad topic and then detail which area you’ve chosen to look at.

  • Provide an outline for the essay you are going to deliver.

  • With research at the core of this project, you should remember to pay particular attention to that and not go off on irrelevant tangents.

  • State the sources you have used and varying opinions to be had.

  • State what you hope to accomplish and if you believe the results can be reached satisfactorily.

  • Only include the bare essentials and make sure you’re being succinct. The rest of your essay will contain the details, so stick to the important points in your opening.

  • Hone your writing style. The better your words flow, the more your reader will engage.

  • Remember to get across the information that is most relevant and you won’t go wrong!

  • Spend some time polishing and perfecting. Remember it needs to be clear and basic, so pay attention to every word and every sentence and ask yourself whether you have explained yourself satisfactorily and have sufficiently relayed the necessary information for a reader new to the subject.

  • If you’re trying to write it when you’re tired or feeling low, then you won’t write it very well! So take a break, have a snack and you’ll find you have loads of energy to tackle it again!