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There are various elements that are standard components to any type of essay. These include:
The introduction paragraph is typically the first paragraph of your paper. It broadly introduces readers to the topic and narrows to the thesis, or the argument for your essay.
Body paragraphs appear in "the middle" of the essay, sandwiched between the introduction and conclusion. They each cover a topic, building logical connections between topics as readers move from one paragraph to the next through effective transitions. Each body paragraph seeks to support the thesis presented in your introduction paragraph.
The conclusion paragraph is the final element of your essay. It summarizes the main ideas presented in the paper, re-states the thesis (usually in different words), and draws the paper to a close.
You may also be asked to include the following:
An abstract appears at the beginning of a paper. It summarizes the main conclusions drawn from the research.
The name of the Sources page can vary depending on your citation style, but it is one required element of the citation/formatting process when you're using outside resources. You might also find our MLA and APA guides helpful if your assignment requires research.
Be sure to review the requirements for your specific assignment, and ask your instructor if anything is unclear.