How to write an Introduction (tutorial). Dr Hafsa Raheel Armin Oct 2013. Objectives of the session . By the end of the session the students should be able to ; Understand the structure of an introduction to a manuscript\report. Structure of a manuscript/report. Abstract Introduction
1. How long should my introduction be?
One common mistake is to write an
introduction that is too long; the introduction
is so detailed that it is indistinguishable from
the body of the essay!
As a rule, an introduction should not be longer than about
8% (about 1/4th) of the length of the essay.Forexample,
the introduction of a ten, fifteen, and twenty-
page essay should be a maximum of about a
page, apage and a quarter, and one and a
half pages respectively.
2. How detailed should the introduction
Another common mistake is that the
introduction is so detailed that it fails to
indicate the topic of the paper in a clear
The introduction only needs to state
the topic, general structure, and thesis of the
3. Why am I finding it hard to write the
4. What is an introduction for? Is it a
An introduction is not a summary. A
summary repeats the main ideas of an
An introduction introduces the reader
to the topic of the essay, describes the
organizational structure of the essay, and
explains the point of the essay
6. How many paragraphs should I use
for the introduction?
Introductions vary in length according to your purpose, writing style, the complexity of your topic, and the length of your essay
7. how do I write the references?
But its wise to refer to the author's guidelines of the journal you intend to submit to