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Writing a Conclusion



The conclusion should wrap up your paper, restating your main idea and generally summarizing your argument.


You can take the ideas further than the paper does, considering possible future research, broader issues, or making connections to everyday life. However, make sure that new ideas are relevant to the paper topic, and don’t stray too far from what you’ve already established.


Summarize the main point of your paper, without repeating your thesis statement word for word.


Include other ideas, which could be broader connections to consider, logical follow-up questions, next steps in the research, etc. This will give a sense of closure while still allowing for future possibilities.


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