Thank you to the spring 2004 writing tutors for thoughtful comments and to Bonnie Carr '95, Emily Graham '05 and Jennifer Rose '04 for permission to use sample introductions.
Basically, a good introduction provides the reader with a brief overview of your topic and an explanation of your thesis. A good introduction is fresh, engaging, and interesting. Successful introductions don’t rely on clichés or irrelevant information to demonstrate their point. Be brief, be concise, be engaging. Good luck.
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