When writing a conclusion in your paper, what from the article below will be helpful to remember and use in your work. http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/conclusions/

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The University of North Carolina Writing Center’s article emphasizes that the conclusion is an important part of the paper, not just a mandatory formality. Although the conclusion will include something new, it does not extend the content of the paper. Neither is it a summary or paraphrase of the content. The conclusion presents the writer with an opportunity to make a strong, lasting impression on their reader.

One significant component of this approach is to clarify what the new component is. That novel aspect is the writer’s “gift to the reader.” The conclusion should make it evident that the writer has a unique perspective on the material just presented, which in turn “will help [the reader] see things differently.” This change in their vision may result from identifying relevance in the reader’s own life, or it may bring a surprising and welcome stimulation. The writer may make the reader realize that they have never before thought about the topic that way. This in turn will likely encourage the reader to think more broadly about the topic in that new light. Overall, the “conclusion should make your readers glad they read your paper.”

Another important feature stressed in the article is coherence and continuity without repetition. The conclusion is not a summary. It should reinterpret a key element of the paper as a whole. The writer may return to the plan that they laid out in the introduction and should not simply restate what they said before. In the “Strategies to Avoid” section, the article refers to the so-called “Sherlock Holmes Conclusion.” This refers to the iconic detective’s habit of revealing the underlying truth only at the end.

The authors remind the writer of the importance of stating their thesis in the introduction. They do not believe in waiting to give a big reveal in the conclusion. Rather, the writer can reacquaint the reader with the thesis and briefly indicate how the paper supported it. The writer can use “key words or parallel concepts and images,” or evoke a scenario with which they began. The goal is not to use different words to say the same thing. Conclusions should contain another intellectual step to which the paper takes the reader.

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