How To Compose A Good Research Paper Ending Paragraph

Think of how much work that you have put into your research paper, you need to make sure that your ending paragraph is just as effective as your introduction, Remember that a solid conclusion is essential to a strong research paper.

Start by:

  • Restating your topic. You only need one sentence to do this.
  • Explain why the topic is important. You do not need to provide an elaborate explanation.

Next you will need to:

  • Restate your thesis. Try also rephrasing your thesis statement as this can be a good tactic to make sure that the
  • reader has real understanding of your work.
  • When you restate your thesis make sure that that it complements the summary that you have already written.

Now Summarize the main points:

  • The summary will help remind your reader of the main points in the body of your work. The easiest way to make the summary is by picking out the topic sentences from the main sections.
  • Remember that you are summarising and not just repeating the work that has already been written.
  • Whatever you do, do not add any new information at this late stage as it will be counter productive and could change the arguments that you have presented in the main part of your work.

Scrutinise your work:

  • Make sure that you have taken the time to explain the significance of the point that you have made.
  • Make sure that you have addressed all of the important issues that you have previously raised.
  • Remember that the point of a conclusion is to summarise the work for your reader and at the same time make suggestions about future work.

Suggested Further Research:

  • Not every paper will need to suggest further research. For example a paper that focuses on literary criticism is unlikely to need further research but a paper that focusses on behaviours or teaching strategies may.
  • If your topic/thesis is suggesting further work then you should give a specific statement that makes a suggestion as to how the work could be approached.

Be effective:

  • Analyse and combine the information that you use in your final paragraph rather than just summarising.
  • Paraphrase using supporting points that that you have already made instead of just repeating what you have already said. Doing this will tie all of the information together.
  • Make sure that your paper reads as a 'complete' piece of wok that flows, as opposed to a selection of random ideas and thoughts that are loosely held together.