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John M. Swales analyzed the structure of Research Article introductions through the analysis of “Moves” or strategies beyond the sentence level that writers use. Review these sites to help you revise the Introduction and/or Literature review of your paper. These are only guidelines, however, and so you must review “model papers” in your own field and the specific Journal you want to publish in.

Three "moves" for an effective introduction

CHECKLIST FOR USING SWALES’S MOVES IN AN INTRODUCTION

Have you included all of the key references in your field related to this research issue?

Research in Languages other than English tend to have less citations and less up-to-date citations than English Language Research writing
(Swales & Feak, 2000, p.16)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0472087134/ref=sib_dp_pt/102-6848254-1075358#reader-link

Do you make it clear why your research is necessary and what contribution it is making to your field?

Do you clearly show how you have provided a solution to a problem or made a contribution to the literature of your field?

Do you not only summarize, but analyze, synthesize and evaluate the previous literature in your field.

 This is especially important for Thesis or Dissertation writing.

Do you use a variety of ways of introducing quotations and citations within your sentences? The correct format varies greatly according to the field.

APA example

IEEE example

Useful structures for each “move”

Tip: “The introduction functions independently from the abstract.
When you write your introduction, pretend your abstract does not exist.”  http://www.hut.fi/Yksikot/KieVie/KieCafe/en/dp/introduc.html


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