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Writing an Introduction


There is no standard format for introductions and of course they vary in length according to the length of the piece of writing. Most, however will contain a number of the following elements:

  1. Scene setting – very general background information
  2. Purpose and focus
  3. Background information
  4. Research already done in the same area
  5. Limitations
  6. A brief description of the methods used
  7. Definition(s) if necessary
  8. An outline of the contents


The text was prepared by Rod Revell