The introduction is the launch site for an academic argument: it defines the scope of the essay and establishes its trajectory. It’s the crucial first step in convincing the reader that your analysis of the evidence has produced an idea worth arguing, and that you’re well-qualified to make the argument. Your introduction has to engage your reader, establish the context of your argument, focus on an important issue, and deliver an insightful thesis (or the promise of an insightful thesis yet to come). These aspects of a substantial, well-structured introduction are addressed in the video tutorials and exercises that follow here.

Thesis Statement:

Research Introduction: