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How To Write A Strong Research Paper Conclusion- Tips & Examples


When you get to the conclusion paragraph of your research paper, you are probably relieved that the hard part is done. However, it really doesn’t stop there. The conclusion is one of the most important paragraphs that deserves as much of your attention as any of the other paragraphs.

The main goal of the conclusion is to wrap up the essay. It is designed to bring the paper full circle. Therefore, there are some tips that you should follow when finishing up your paper with a conclusion.

  1. Don’t just throw it together. Don’t make the mistake of just writing a few sentences and then ending your paper. The conclusion should be taken seriously.
  2. Restate the thesis. Do not just copy the thesis. You want to remind your reader of the reasons why you chose to write the research paper.
  3. Mention your reasons again. You don’t have to go into extensive detail when it comes to your reasons but they should be mentioned.
  4. Do not present new evidence. The conclusion is not the place to present new evidence. You can however present an interesting fact about the evidence that you have already presented. Maybe you found an interesting quote. It is a great idea to include it in this section if you want.
  5. This is your last impression and the one that your audience will remember so be sure to present your ideas with a little flair like you did throughout the paper. You don’t want to have them hooked all the way to the end and then feel like you fell short.

Example:

When you are writing your conclusion for your research paper, you want to make sure that you keep the momentum going. Some students fall short and essentially mess up their paper. When you are wrapping your paper up, you want to make sure that you have created a link between all of your topics. The use of transitions have created a link from the introduction down through the body of your paper. To continue this link and essential wrap your essay up, you should restate your thesis statement and touch on a few of the main reasons included in your paper.

This is a quick example where you can see that thesis was restated, a new concept was introduced, but it related directly to the thesis, and some of the supporting ideas were addressed.