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Marin S Robinson, Fredricka L Stoller, Molly Constanza-Robinson, and James K Jones

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367423

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780195367423.001.0001

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Writing the Introduction Section

Writing the Introduction Section

Chapter:
6 Writing the Introduction Section
Source:
Write Like a Chemist
Author(s):

Marin S Robinson

Fredricka L Stoller

Molly Constanza-Robinson

James K Jones

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195367423.003.0012

This chapter focuses on the Introduction, the first formal section of the journal article. The Introduction is often the first section to be read (by readers) but the last section to be written (by writers). This is because the Introduction must tell readers “where the article is going and why”, a mission that is most easily accomplished after the rest of the sections have been completed. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to do following: Write an Introduction following its conventional organizational ■ structure ■ Compose the all-important opening sentence of an Introduction ■ Cite and summarize others’ works in concise and appropriate ways ■ Conclude your Introduction in an effective manner As you work through the chapter, you will write an Introduction section for your own paper. The Writing on Your Own tasks throughout the chapter guide you step-by step as you do the following: 6A Read and paraphrase the literature 6B Prepare to write 6C Draft your opening paragraph 6D Identify a gap 6E Draft your full Introduction 6F Practice peer review 6G Fine-tune your Introduction The Introduction, as its name implies, sets the stage for the rest of the journal article by introducing the research area, describing its importance, and hinting at what new knowledge and insights the authors have gained. The Introduction is also where authors summarize others’ works; this involves several important writing skills such as paraphrasing, writing concisely, and correctly citing the literature. Paraphrasing and writing concisely are addressed in this chapter; citing the literature is addressed in chapter 17. At long last, we ask you to read the Introduction to the aldehydes-in-beer article (excerpt 6A). If you have progressed through these textbook chapters sequentially, you have already read the Methods, Results, and Discussion sections. Admittedly, this order may seem a bit unusual. Remember, however, we want you to read the Introduction through the eyes of the writer, not the reader. As authors write their Introduction, they already know what unfolds in the rest of their paper; now you, too, have this perspective.

Keywords:   Direct quotes, avoiding, Fluid writing, Linking words and phrases, Paraphrasing, Words to avoid

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