A research conclusion is a final step in a research project. The conclusion summarizes the findings of the research and discusses their implications. The conclusion may also make recommendations for future research.
The conclusion of a research paper needs to summarize the content and purpose of the paper without seeming too wooden or dry. Every basic conclusion must share several key elements, but there are also several techniques you can use to spice up your conclusion and make it more interesting.
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How to Write Research Paper Conclusion
Use the following tips to write a powerful conclusion for your research paper:
- Start with a bang. Your conclusion should start with a transitional sentence that sums up your main points and brings the reader back to your thesis statement. This sentence should leave no doubt in the reader’s mind about what your paper was about and what you thought about it.
- End on a high note. Your concluding paragraph should be your strongest paragraph. This is where you get to really drive home your point and leave a lasting impression on the reader. It’s also where you can use colorful metaphors and other literary techniques to transform your prose into something that will stand out in the reader’s mind.
- Be concise. Your conclusion should be several lines, but each sentence should be very short. Every sentence should have a single, simple idea that supports your thesis.
- Be balanced. Your conclusion is not an appropriate place for you to stage a debate with other scholars about the topic at hand.
In other words, your conclusion shouldn’t be a mini-essay on the topic. Rather, you should use your conclusion to summarize the main points of your argument and remind the reader why those points are important.
Also see Research Recommendations