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A paragraph is a collection of sentences that all relate to one topic. Ensuring your paragraphs are well-organized and logical will assist in the readability of your writing. For more information regarding organizing a paper, please see Planning the Paper.

Please view the resources linked below for more information on paragraphing:

Writing an Academic Paragraph (19:35 video)

This video will provide you with an introduction to writing an academic paragraph. This video will provide you with an introduction to academic writing. The video will start automatically in browsers where autoplay of audio is enabled. If the video doesn't immediately begin, click the pause button and then click play.

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  1. Introduction (0:52)
  2. Purpose and Characteristics of an Academic Paragraph (2:28)
  3. Elements of an Academic Paragraph (0:25)
    1. Topic sentence with argument/claim (1:25)
    2. Critical thinking and how to demonstrate it (6:11)
    3. Research evidence (1:43)
    4. Analysis (1:18)
    5. Conclusion (0:43)
    6. Transition (1:40)
  4. Sample Paragraph (0:19)
  5. Final Thoughts on Paragraphing and Contact the Writing Centre (2:32)

Click on Writing an Academic Paragraph (PowerPoint) if you would like the slides from the video; the transcript is available via the slide notes.

Importance of logical writing

Introductory paragraphs

Body paragraphs

Topic sentences

Using research evidence

Transitional expressions

Concluding paragraphs

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