Research Paper Writing Hints: How To Draft Concluding Paragraphs


Why the conclusion of a research paper is important?

The conclusion of the research paper wraps up the research paper.  The conclusion gives the reader a re-cap of the following parts of the research paper:

  • The topic of the research paper.
  • The thesis statement of the research paper.
  • The main points of the writer’s point of view on the topic and thesis statement.
  • Summarizes why the reader should agree with the writer’s viewpoint on the topic.
  • Summarizes the purpose of the topic and argument of the research paper.

The conclusion should have the reader agree with the writer’s viewpoint on the topic.  The conclusion gives the research paper what it needs to ensure that the reader finds the paper to be very interesting and informative on the topic discussed.  

How to write a good conclusion for a research paper?

The conclusion of the research paper should be written last.  The conclusion of the research paper should be written after the Introduction and Body portions of the research paper.  One must write the Body of the research paper before the Conclusion because the conclusion is the summary of the Body of the research paper.

Here are a few steps on writing an effective and good conclusion for one’s research paper:

  • The writer should re-read the Introduction and Body of the research paper.
  • The writer should highlight the topic and thesis statement of the Introduction.
  • The writer should highlight the main points for the argument on the topic and thesis statement in the Body of the paper.
  • The writer should highlight a few sentences in the Body of the paper that support the thesis statement and argument.

Here are some main points to consider when writing the conclusion of one’s research paper:

  • The topic should be paraphrased in the conclusion, but not restated word for word.
  • The thesis statement should be paraphrased in the conclusion, but not restated word for word.
  • The main points should be summarized in the conclusion as briefly as possible.
  • The conclusion should emphasize the importance and significance of the main points.
  • The conclusion should make the reader want to do something to address the topic discussed.
  • The conclusion should ensure that the research paper seems like one big thought that is complete.
  • The conclusion should not make the research paper look like a random group of thoughts that are not in sync.
  • The conclusion should wrap-up the paper and bring everything together into a complete circle.