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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 eport. Structure of a manuscript/report. Abstract Introduction

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how to write an introduction tutorial

How to write an Introduction(tutorial)


Oct 2013

objectives of the session
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
Structure of a manuscript/report
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Materials and methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgement
  • References
skeleton of an introduction
Skeleton of an introduction
  • Background
    • Importance of the topic
    • Global, regional and local data (magnitude)
    • Build up a convincing argument
  • Objectives
  • Hypothesis
  • Rational
frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions

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.

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Frequently asked questions

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


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Frequently asked questions

3. Why am I finding it hard to write the


  • Its absolutely normal to be worried as this may be your first time
  • Language barrier
  • write at least a draft of the body and redefine it later on
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Frequently asked questions

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

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Frequently asked questions

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

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Frequently asked questions

7. how do I write the references?

  • Vancouver reference styling is the preferred

But its wise to refer to the author's guidelines of the journal you intend to submit to

how to evaluate your introduction draft
How to evaluate your introduction draft
  • Ask a friend to read it and then tell you what he or she expects the paper will discuss
  • If your friend is able to predict the rest of your paper accurately, you probably have a good introduction
  • The writing center. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Visit York Centre for Academic Writing online resources at: