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I am writing a research paper on swine flu,  My mind has gone blank could anyone help...

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vivianvega | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 30, 2009 at 12:35 PM via web

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I am writing a research paper on swine flu,  My mind has gone blank could anyone help me with my introduction?

It's my first time writing a research paper. Help

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 30, 2009 at 12:39 PM (Answer #1)

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It's really hard to say how you should write your introduction because you have not told us what you are planning to say about the swine flu.

Your introduction, of course, needs to tell the reader something about what you are going to talk about.  If it's a persuasive/argumentatitve paper, you should tell what point you are trying to argue.  If it's a straight factual paper, you should probably outline what main aspects of the subject you are going to address.

But without knowing more about your actual paper topic, I can't do any more to help you.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 30, 2009 at 12:41 PM (Answer #2)

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Here are some suggestion:

1. Why don't you start general at first and speak of epidemics in the past and how it has been deadly - bubonic plague, small pox, etc. You might be able to grab a person's attention.

2. You could also mention that these epidemics may come in cycles. We might be due for an epidemic.

3. You could also talk about globalization and how diseases travel pretty fast due to transportation.

4. Or you could take a different perspective altogether and tie the swine flu to an already weak economy, and what that might do.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 30, 2009 at 8:24 PM (Answer #3)

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The previous posts were quite strong.  I think that another good introduction could lie in focusing on how the H1N1 fear has gripped the world in fear since last year.  It seems quite relevant and meaningful to talk about this in an introduction, as international fears have risen with the World Health Organization declaring it on the level of a near pandemic.  This could be a good introduction because it brings a sense of relevancy to your work, but also helps to bring a sense of focus to your paper as your detailing about the findings you have about the H1N1 could now serve as almost a public service.  An introduction of this manner could operate on the level of being both strong in terms of the coherency of the paper and from a rhetorical point of view.

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