The General Structure of an Introduction
Introduce the topic with a general statementabout the topic.Yhas long been the subject of debate...There is controversy over the extent to which Y isconsidered an important factor in X...Since X, Y has been the source of much debate...There has been much discussion on the issue ofwhether...
If it is necessary or helpful, define any keyterms, labels, people or events. This may involvegiving brief background on a person orsituation.
Y can be defined as...Y is generally regarded as...For the purposes of this essay, Y will be definedas...
Focus on the problem or the controversywhich the essay will address. Prove to the readerthat there is a real question to be answered here.Although some researchers have argued Y, otherstake a different view...
It is generally believed that... however Y arguesthat this is not the case....
State your thesis or the main argument of theessay. What is your essay trying to prove? Thisis the most important part of the introduction.This essay will attempt to show / demonstrate...This essay will argue / demonstrate that...In this essay it will be argued that...It will be suggested that...
Signpost. This means you need to outline howyou will argue your thesis. Think about howeach section of the essay contributes to thethesis.
This essay will first / secondly / thirdly / finallydiscuss / consider /examine /state the question of,the issue of/ the problem of...