INTRODUCTION: The first paragraph or section of an essay. Introductions invite your reader in, provide necessary background and contextual information for your essay, and hopefully engage the attention of your reader. The introductory paragraph of an academic paper or essay often ENDS WITH A CONCISE STATEMENT OF YOUR ARGUMENT, i.e., A THESIS STATEMENT.

Below, you will find links to several other resources related to understanding Introductions:

Introductions (UNC)

Introductions (CUNY Write Site)

Introductions (Purdue OWL)

Adapted from What Is Writing?: An Introduction to Writing as an Act and Medium of Communication (2015). 

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