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Storytelling in the Hook for Your Research Paper Statement

A research paper statement is a short passage explaining what your paper is about. Take some time to write out a clear and accurate thesis statement because it will show how well you have understood your research goals and whether you were able to implement them accurately.

Characteristics of a Great Research Paper Statement
Usually included at the end of the first paragraph of a paper, the statement should:

  • be very specific—Include exactly and only what you will discuss in the paper;
  • hook the reader immediately;
  • be revised as your work progresses;
  • accurately reflect what kind of paper it represents (analytical, expository, argumentative or narrative);
  • tell the reader how you plan to interpret the significance of your subject matter;
  • serve as a road map for the rest of the paper;
  • answer a specific question;
  • include a claim that is open to dispute.

Feb 11, 2016
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