Even as I sit here writing this post, I find it pretty difficult to start out the right way. I know that many of you get the same feeling when you try to write an introduction for one of your papers. It is hard, so don’t feel bad about getting introduction-shy.
As Kate L Turabian’s eighth edition of "A Manual for Writers of Dissertations, Theses, and Research Papers" says, you should be prepared to write your introduction two times. This makes sense because when you write the first copy of it, you’re writing about what you think your paper will be about, but it won’t include all the nuances that your paper will actually include. The second time you write it, the bulk of your paper will be completed and you can revise and rewrite your introduction to be more specific.
Here are the top four things to include in the first draft of your introduction:
This would include things like the research you have done that is specifically relevant to your topic or other important and relevant information. Your reader will want to see that you have the necessary information to delve into the next portion.
A rewording of your question means changing your question to a statement. “Why are disgusting sandwiches so disgusting?” should change to “Few people have survived the experience of a disgusting sandwich to explain why they are so disgusting.” This will help create the question in the reader’s mind.
This is an important part too because if you don’t have a possible answer, then your question is dead in the water. Suggest something like “a probable cause of the disgustingness is the profuse amounts of mustard and alfalfa sprouts found in a disgusting sandwich” as an answer to the reworded question.
This is your argument and claim and is completely necessary within the bounds of your introduction. Placing it at the end is a climax for the introduction and leads both you and the reader into the rest of the paper.
This is a general format for writing an introduction in Turabian style, but make sure to consult with your professor first to see if there are any other specifications. And, if it’s still too difficult, make sure to create an appointment with one of our coaches. We’re here to help!