Abstract | Introduction | Materials | Methods | Results | Discussion | Literature

If you don’t yet know what an introduction is and/or how it functions in a scientific research article, then please visit the How To > Write > Research Articles > Introduction page before reading any further…don’t worry, we’ll wait for you.

All done? OK, welcome back!

Whether a scientific article is based on a research method that is experimental, descriptive, comparative, or based on modeling, the article will almost certainly have an Introduction section. In some journals, however, this section might be called the “Background” instead.

In Practice Sets 2A-2J, you will engage in exercises aimed at improving your ability to create your own Introduction section for assignments such as lab reports, field reports, science fair posters, and original research articles.


PRACTICE SET 2G – Identifying variables

PRACTICE SET 2H – Writing good research questions

PRACTICE SET 2I – Making hypotheses

PRACTICE SET 2J – Making predictions derived from hypotheses


PRACTICE SET 2A – Finding a topic for scientific research

PRACTICE SET 2B – Narrowing and focusing your research topic

PRACTICE SET 2C – Moving from a research topic to a question

PRACTICE SET 2D – Shifting from a question to its significance

PRACTICE SET 2E – Moving from a question to a research problem

PRACTICE SET 2F – Moving from a research problem to sources

Coming soon…

  • Writing in the third person
  • Writing using an active voice
  • Persuasive writing

Do you have an idea for a useful Practice Set that you’d like to see added to the INTRODUCTION section? If so, please tell Dr. M about it through the Comment feature below.

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