• What is the point of an introduction? How can you ensure it does what it needs to do? The resources below will help you get off to the right start.

    For essays

    • Writing your introduction
      (University of Reading, UK) introduces the idea of an essay being a journey – and the introduction is the map. Short and helpful.
    • Introductions and conclusions
      (UniSA, Aus) suggests a four-point structure as a template for introductions, and gives an example. In the UK you may not be expected to give an 'overall answer' as suggested – an alternative can be to say here why the topic matters.
    • Introductions: what they do
      (Royal Literary Fund, UK) In four short sections, this sets out clearly what an introduction needs to do, and recognises that not all introductions are the same.