Anecdote Anecdotes are often avoided by many students for the fear that humor will take away from the overall research paper.
But there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of humor to start your paper. Remember, just because starting your research paper with humor doesn’t mean the entire paper has to include humor.
Keeping your reader interested is the whole point of a hook, and we’ve found several ways to write a good hook.
Before you decide upon the hook, you must first put a little planning into the research paper.
It’s often called “The Hook” because it functions just as a fishing hook catches fish…
the only difference is that your hook will catch readers. You will want to grab your reader right from the beginning. If your opening section isn’t written well, you may lose your reader.
Give your reader general background information and some engaging highlights about your topic.
When you are writing your research paper, you want it to grab the reader’s attention. But when you are staring at a blank sheet of paper in front of you, writing the best hook for your research paper can seem overwhelming and impossible.
A shocking statistic will present a number or compare numbers in such a way that your reader may not have considered before.
Interesting or shocking facts are often combined with statistics to engage your reader.