Points to be covered in the introduction to a research paper

The introduction to a research paper should involve the reader by answering these questions:

■ What was your reason for doing the research? What in general was the research attempting to find out?

■ What was your hypothesis or thesis? What specifically was the research attempting to prove?

■ What background information is pertinent to an understanding of the paper?

■ What literature is pertinent? What other studies have explored the subject? (Note that all literature must be fully documented. See Section 2.10 Referencing)

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