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Writing Tip #7: How to Write a Conclusion

Writing Tip #7 -- In the end: Developing a conclusion

Writing the conclusion to a paper is quite easy. You already have all of your information in the paper. Include the ideas from your thesis to remind the reader of salient points. The conclusion does not have to be simply a rehash of the paper. It should be a summary, but it can be creative and inspired!

Draw conclusions; use your critical thinking skills to pull together what you have just written. Can you make assumptions with the information that you have just presented? Can you leave the reader with a question to ponder? Do you have an appropriate quote in your arsenal that would be a perfect ending for your paper?

For example:

If you have written a paper about an emotional legal case, this quote by Associate Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, may be fitting: “It’s not the heart that compels conclusions in cases, it’s the law.”

Leave the reader with the sense that he or she was just illuminated! Think about your favorite movie ending. How did it make you feel? That’s the level of feeling you want your conclusion to evoke!

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