Once chosen and delimited our subject, now we have to continue by how to make an introduction. The main part of the introduction of the academic essay is the hypothesis, which will be the guiding thread of our argument to develop the essay.
Now, in order to develop a hypothesis that is valid to begin with our introduction, we must first be aware of the subject we will write. It is advisable, before starting to write, to look for bibliographical sources that speak about the topic that we will try to know what others think or judge.
It is very important, in this aspect, and if we are going to carry out an academic essay, whether for research or for the university, that we are aware of the publications previously made on our subject. This will help us in two things:
- We will have the capacity to know in greater depth the subject of which we will deal, and at the same time we can choose information that is useful to support our critical apparatus and support our hypothesis.
- We will be able to realize if someone else has already dealt with the subject we thought we were talking about and, if this is the case, change our subject before starting to write.
How to make an introduction: Beware of the academy.
It is important, in academic essays of professional level, to be careful with ideas, because if one is already used, without us having noticed, and we use it in our essay, without giving credit to the person who before us had written, we can incur plagiarism. And plagiarism is a serious matter when talking about university jobs or work done in research centers.
How to do an introduction in non-academic essays
At the time of beginning to write the introduction of a non-academic essay, it is important that we think in a language that is accessible and gentle with the readers.
If we are going to talk about metaphysics, about vegetables, about the revolutions per minute of a three-stroke engine, or any subject we want, it is essential to take into account that, the more enjoyable and understandable our language is, it will be of interest and accessibility to a greater number of readers.
For example, Albert Einstein wrote a small book called On the theory of special and general relativity, in the introduction to this, he says that the language he uses and the degree of mathematics that appear here to explain the theory, does not go beyond the mathematics that you see at the baccalaureate level.
To what end? The dissemination of topics like this is very important and as long as the readers who can understand the text and are more interested, the science of physics, in this example, will continue.
The introduction that we must write needs to make the reader interested in the topic we will be talking about. It is, as in literary genres, that hook that catches the reader and obliges him (because of the interest it causes in him) to accompany us in our dissertation of thought.