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How to Write an Introduction to an Essay

| December 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Writing an introduction is the first part of the essay after the initial plan. In the introduction of the essay you should speak about “what your essay will attempt to do”.

For example an essay on the oil leak from the BP Deep Water Horizon and it’s impact on the surrounding environment can go like:

“This essay will attempt to analyze the effects of the Deep Water Horizon incident on the surrounding environment. The essay will evaluate the political, environmental, social and economic implications arising from the incident”

Such an introduction gives the essay writer four topics to write about at length and gives a structure to the essay from the outset. It is clear and simple for the reader to understand what the essay is about and what you are trying to achieve.

After the introduction, it is important to give a historical background of the essay topic. In this case you might want to give descriptive information about the drilling industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

When making arguments, “evaluating” evidence is important . Evaluate means to weigh evidence against other evidence and decide on what is significant to the title of the essay. For example when discussing the political fallout for the major embarrassment the incident was for B.P, this may outweigh any short term economic concerns for the company: by apologizing for the accident and promising payouts to local businesses affected by the oil leak, they are investing in their future ability to trade in that country.

That would be a sound argument that political fallout is much more significant than short term economic loss. Being able to logically discuss arguments like this is what university professors are looking for in an essay. Furthermore what would gain you extra marks for a 2:1 or 1st is the ability to correctly reference empirical evidence throughout the body of your essay.

Referencing if done correctly is a powerful way of convincing the reader that your argument is strong and substantiated. If a credible source is cited in a statement you make, it gives your statement significant weight and demonstrates your ability to gather empirical evidence.

For example, “The cost of payouts to businesses is insignificant compared to the benefits of continued trading in the United States(Smith, 2011)”. This statement is bold as it makes an assertion backed up by an expert’s voice.

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