Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jun 02, 2016     Views: 258

An introductory paragraph for an essay or paper should usually include the following three elements:

  1. An attention getter to draw your readers in and make them interested in the subject matter
  2. A brief overview of the subject to be discussed in the essay or paper
  3. A thesis statement which states the goal or purpose of your essay or paper

The library has several books and eBooks in our collection which can help answer your questions about writing paragraphs. Additionally, check out the web resources and SNHU Online Writing Center video below or contact the Learning Center (UC Students) and Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for assistance with writing paragraphs.

Helpful Books from the Library:

 How to Say It Book Cover

How to Say It by Rosalie Maggio
Call Number: PE1483 .M26 2001
ISBN: 0130325422
Publication Date: 2001-09-01

 Writing Clear Paragraphs Book Cover

Writing Clear Paragraphs by Robert B. Donald; James D. Moore; Betty R. Morrow; Lillian G. Wargetz; Kathleen S. Werner
Call Number: PE1439 .W7 1987
ISBN: 0139700218
Publication Date: 1986-11-01

To find more books and eBooks on writing paragraphs, please search the Multi-Search or the Online Library Catalog.


These web resources may be helpful if you need assistance writing paragraphs. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.

For more help with writing paragraphs, contact the Learning Center (UC) or Online Writing Center (COCE).

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