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How to Compose a Strong Conclusion of a Research Paper

When a strong conclusion is written, it gives a paper a much more of an effective closing, and meaning. Composing a strong conclusion is always the goal for the writer, because of what it does for the paper. A research paper needs to have a good impact, and closing strong is the best way to finish that goal. Here are some tips on composing a strong conclusion, and making the research paper more efficient.

  1. Final Points
  2. Overview
  3. Different Types of Closings
  4. Questions or Requests

Final Points

One of the things any conclusion should do, is to close all open discussions. Make the final points on any issue discussed that was not closed, here. If all points are closed in the paper, then make a final conclusion to one or two of those points. Go over them, and make the student’s point absolutely final. In this way the reader knows just how sure the student is of their findings. If the point cannot be finalized, then rehash that point, and remind the reader why.


Make a quick overview of the essay, usually one or two sentences. Just skim the high points to remind the reader what they had read, so it is sure to sink in. Never state that the student is writing a conclusion, overview, closing, or any other name that refers to it as a conclusion. The reader will know as soon as they read it. Just do as needs done, and name it like any other section/subsection, and go on.

Different types of Closings

For many reasons, different essays, need different types of closings. Some need a lengthy conclusion, of one large paragraph (5-6 sentences), or multiple paragraphs. This is decided on different bases. How big is the essay, what was covered, and what needs done. As well as other factors, that each student has to look for themselves.

Questions or Requests

This is an issue that can confuse some students. There is no solid conclusion to the essay; so which is better to use? The easiest way to look at this, is what is the risk factor, or severity of the issue? If it has a high risk factor, or a high severity in injury/death, then pose a request for more research. If the closing has some question about it, that cannot be stopped, then direct the reader’s question where the student wants it to go. Never leave it open to the reader, it can take the strength out of the essay, and make it weak.