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Analysing research article introductions

Here you will find an analysis of the structure and function of introductions in research articles.

Structural elements in research article introductions

This learning object will help you become familiar with the kind of language often found in research article introductions. You will learn to recognise the purpose of the language and elements they contain.

Understanding research article introductions

This learning object provides information about certain characteristic elements that have been identified in research article introductions, each of which serves a particular purpose. You will consider the different functions of examples of these taken from the introductions to a number of research articles.

Analysis of a research article introduction

You will identify the different functions of parts of a research article introduction in terms of 'Move' theory.