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Writing an Introduction: Getting Started Avoid the temptation to write your introduction as a compilation of article summaries. Instead, consider some of the following kinds of questions, and issues as you prepare to write: 1. What are the primary theories being considered? 2. What are the foundational studies that most researchers in this area cite? 3. What are the major findings? 4. Are there any findings that appear to be an anomaly or that go against the current theory? 5. Have there been methodological problems in the past research? 6. Has the research been limited to a specific or narrow population? 7. Are some studies “better” than others in terms of their quality, design, and strength of findings. Once these issues have been considered, make an outline of your Introduction trying to create clusters of articles that belong together rather than simply stringing along article summary after article summary. For example, one might have a paragraph devoted to a common finding such as the fact that men typically score higher on tests of mental rotation than do women. Articles that deserve more attention in your paper are those that have the greatest bearing on your experiment. For example, if you are expounding on a current experiment by using a different population or adding a different measure, you would want to discuss the original experiment in great detail.
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