Creating a research paper: body part

Most research papers have at least three parts which include the introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction and conclusion are known to bring challenges to students even though they are considered the shortest parts of the body as a whole. Once you understand each part of the research paper you get a better idea of what information should appear in each and how they work together to present your findings to a reading audience. In some cases the body of a research paper can have more parts depending on guidelines and field of study the paper is being written for.

The Introduction

The introduction appears at the beginning of the paper. It helps introduce readers to the main idea, argument or why the research paper is written in the first place. The thesis statement may be found in this section which provides the main purpose behind the research. The following paragraphs of a research paper provide additional information that is in direct connection to the thesis. In some cases, the thesis statement is the last sentence in this paragraph but the exact placement is known to vary depending on the topic.

The Body (Paragraphs)

This may include several paragraphs after the introduction paragraph. This is where a number of smaller points help provide support or evidence for the main point stated in the introduction, also known as the thesis. Each paragraph may discuss one point with relevant details depending on the type of research paper. It may be persuasive details, contrasting/comparison detail, or evaluation details. This may vary but you get the general idea.

These paragraphs present analysis you have collected from research to help provide clarity and proof for the thesis stated. This information may vary if you are required to present a certain number of points and each paragraph should transition into the next while presenting details in logical structure. You may be required to cite sources and have an additional section that provides further details regarding your sources.

The Conclusion

In this paragraph you provide insight that summarizes your result in how you came up with your thesis or how it was proofed. This paragraph often has no new information but you restate your thesis and how you came to your conclusion. You may summarize points mentioned. Reviewing samples written can help you understand how to write your paper and what information should be included.