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Writing your conclusion

This section will assist you in writing effective conclusions. It examines the components of conclusions, provides examples and gives you practice in locating and ordering the different elements.

Your conclusion is your last point of contact with your reader. As with your introduction, you want to leave a strong impression of the clarity of your presentation and the strength and completeness of your arguments and evidence.

Your conclusion needs to closely mirror your introduction by reiterating the position you have argued, and showing, in general terms, how the arguments you have made and the evidence you have used in the body of your essay support it. Don’t worry if it seems slightly repetitive. Just think of it as part of the ‘structural glue’ that links your ideas and holds your essay together.

Having reached the concluding section of your essay, readers have now been exposed to the arguments and the evidence you have presented in the body of the text. They will therefore have a more critical perspective on whether the conclusions you draw are justified on the basis of your presentation or not.

Check that the claims you make in your conclusion are justified by your arguments and evidence. If they are not, you will need to edit your text to change either the arguments in the body of your essay or the conclusions you are drawing.

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Check that the claims you make in your conclusion are consistent with the introduction and body of your essay.

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