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ENGL 102 -- Writing Paragraphs

How to write paragraphs in a research paper.
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Erin Fagan

on 14 February 2011

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Transcript of ENGL 102 -- Writing Paragraphs

Strong paragraphs Use Topic Sentences State the central idea
Don't count on your readers to guess what your paragraph is going to be about. Explain more fully what you mean, giving definitions or indicating distinctions.
Offer details, examples, or relevant quotations (with your comments).
Follow through a logical sequence, showing the connections among your ideas in a recognizable pattern such as cause and effect or comparison and contrast.
Duplicate Important Words/Ideas It's perhaps not surprising that Marshall McLuhan, the most influential communications expert of the twentieth century, was a Canadian. As a nation, we have been preoccupied with forging communication links among a sparse, widespread population. The old Canadian one-dollar bill, with its line of telephone poles receding to the distant horizon, illustrates this preoccupation. Year after year we strive to maintain a national radio and television broadcasting system in the face of foreign competition. We have been aggressive in entering the international high technology market with our telecommunications equipment. (from Northey, Impact: A Guide to Business Communication. Toronto: Prentice-Hall, 1993, p. 3.)
Specialized Linking Words also
in other words
in addition
for example
moreover
more importantly Reinforcement Change in Ideas but
on the other hand
however
instead
yet
in contrast
although
nevertheless
in spite of [something]
thus
therefore
accordingly
in conclusion
finally

***so is too informal Concluding The Goldilocks Rule Long paragraphs can make prose dense and unpleasant to read.
Short paragraphs can make academic writing seem disjointed or skimpy.
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