Answered By: Elyse Wolf Last Updated: May 16, 2019 Views: 8
A good conclusion will remind your reader of the main points of your research and reflect on the implications of that research.
What should I include?
- Begin by restating the main idea or thesis, first mentioned in the introduction of your paper, in a fresh, new way.
- Summarize the main points from the body of your paper and try to show how it all fits together.
- Leave your reader with a final thought. This could be a suggestion for future research, next steps, or how your research matters in a broader context.
What should I avoid?
- Do not provide any new evidence or data. This should go in the body of the paper.
- Avoid direct quotes, especially for the last sentence. This is your paper and you should have the last word.
- Stay clear of new subtopics or main ideas. Try to incorporate these into the body of your paper.
- The Online Writing Center has created this short video (3:10) which explains the format of academic essays, including what should go into a conclusion paragraph.
- The Hoonuit (formerly Atomic Learning) database has a video clip entitled, “Writing Effective Conclusions” (1:56) in their “How do I Become a More Effective Writer?” series.
- Writing Essays in English Language and Linguistics : Principles, Tips and Strategies for Undergraduates (especially part 2, chapter 7: “Writing summaries and conclusions”)
- A Student's Writing Guide: How to Plan and Write Successful Essays (especially part 2, chapter 6: “Endings”)
- The Elements of Academic Style: Writing for the Humanities (especially part II, chapter 17: “Ending Well”)
For more personalized help with writing your conclusion, contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (Campus Students) or the Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online Students). You can also schedule a 1:1 appointment with a writing coach at the SNHU Academic Support scheduling page.
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