Lebrun (2007) likens the introduction to the "hands of your [scientific] paper," as it "provides guidance, greets, and introduces a topic not familiar to the reader," as well as "points to the related works of other scientists and to your contribution."
Katz (2006) says that the introduction "leads a reader from a well-known, easily visible landmark into the depths of science and right into the particular spot occupied by your paper."
Day (1998) says that the introduction serves "to supply sufficient background information to allow the reader to understand and evaluate the results of the present study without needing to refer to previous publication on the topic." He then points to the five parts of the introduction:
Katz (2006) provides a simple skeleton of the introduction:
Lebrun (2007) enumerates the purpose of the introduction for readers:
He then lists down the purpose of the introduction for writers (Lebrun, 2007):
Day (1998) presents several rules in writing a good introduction:
Likewise, Lebrun (2007) lists down the qualities of a good introduction:
I culled from the references some tips for my students:
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