Research Paper Introduction: How to write Introduction For A Research Paper?

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Research Paper Introduction: How to write Introduction For A Research Paper?

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Hal SwindallAcademic Trainer, Editage

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Get expert advice and practical tips on crafting a compelling introduction that lays the foundation for your research and captures your reader’s attention!

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7 modules

What you learn

A 4-step guide to writing a compelling introduction

How to test if your research introduction is effective

The key difference between abstract and introduction

Steps to avoid when writing the perfect introduction


Most readers simply scan the introduction of a research paper to evaluate whether it is worth investing time to read the full text. This is why a persuasive introduction, which showcases your research and builds reader interest is extremely important if you want to boost readership and get more citations. Think of this as a section that lets you truly define your work and claim your place within your field of research.

This course is great for first-time authors or for those looking to improve their manuscript writing skills. Starting with the basics, it builds up with expert tips, a great sample, and engaging quizzes and tests to guide you through each step. If also points out the writing red flags to watch out for and ends with a handy checklist to ensure you don’t miss out on important points when creating an effective introduction for your research.

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LECTURE 1 |Video

Course Introduction

3 mins

LECTURE 2 |Video

Let’s start with the basics

2 mins

LECTURE 3 |Video

Writing an introduction: What should you include?

3 mins

LECTURE 4 |Video

Writing an introduction: What are the steps involved?

7 mins

LECTURE 5 |Video

Time to look at a sample!

7 mins

LECTURE 6 |Video

Writing an introduction: What not to do?

3 mins

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Instructor (1)

Hal Swindall - R Upskill Training Instructor

Hal Swindall

Academic Trainer, Editage

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Hal Swindall holds a master's in English and a PhD in comparative literature. For 25 years, he has taught, edited, and researched in East Asia besides scholarly visits to Europe. Presently he works as an English teacher trainer at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, mainly teaching academic writing and research to graduates and supervising TESL theses. Hal has also designed and conducted…

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Reviews (9)

Gurumurthy SC

very informative, helps me a lot while writing introduction.

Chandrika A

The summary table is a great tool to help keep things in check. Thanks!

Vasudha KG

This reading material was very useful. I have learnt how to write an abstract and an introduction for a research paper.

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