How to write a research paper conclusion


It can be challenging to write a conclusion for a research paper. But we’ve got you covered. The importance of writing a great conclusion paragraph, how to write one, and some recommendations to help you are all covered in this how-to guide.

Conclusion examples

This study’s findings reveal some intriguing details about the cognitive and physiological repercussions of missing meals. Restatement: Identify your subject once again in the conclusion. Contrary to our expectations, a person who has not eaten in a long time may be able to concentrate extremely well. When taking a long exam or spending long hours at a tiresome activity that needs persistence, however, not eating for a short period of time might be detrimental, as seen by the 12-hour group’s performance on the perseverance assignment. Many people—students, working mothers, and the people who fast, to name a few—have to deal with inadvertent or purposeful short-term food restriction. Summary: Since this is a research paper, you need to summarize your findings. This study, as well as future studies, will add to our understanding of the drawbacks — and potential benefits — of missing meals. The study’s mixed findings imply that we still have a lot to learn about short-term food deprivation. Importance: You need to emphasize the importance of your research to make your reader remember your work.

All of these ideas and viewpoints are combined to form a unified message. Sagan exemplified the qualities of a scientist and thinker. Restatement: Identify your subject once again in the conclusion. He was a logical, skeptical, and inquisitive person whose voice is greatly neglected in today’s society and existence. His efforts to promote scientific literacy have had a long-term impact and made significant contributions to human understanding. Summary: Since this is a research paper, you need to summarize your findings. He will be remembered as a scientist and human being who was both brilliant and thoughtful. Importance: You need to emphasize the importance of your research to make your reader remember your work.

Importance of a great conclusion

A well-written conclusion paragraph gives you multiple opportunities to convey to the reader your general comprehension of the research subject. These are some of them:

The conclusion, like the introduction, provides an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the reader. This can be done by highlighting essential points in your analysis or findings.

The conclusion is an opportunity to address the “so what?” question quickly by situating the paper in the context of previous research on the issue you’ve looked at.

Don’t be afraid to speak up. The conclusion is an opportunity for you to expand on the relevance of your findings.

This does not mean that you should introduce fresh material (which you should avoid!) but rather that you should provide new insight and innovative techniques for contextualizing the research topic based on your findings.

Different types of research paper conclusions

You can write your conclusion in a variety of ways, depending on your research topic and the style of your paper (APA, MLA, etc.). The information below can assist you in deciding which technique to pursue when writing your conclusion.

Summarizing conclusion

Summarizing conclusion

Editorial conclusion

The steps outlined below will show you how to write a strong conclusion for any research paper.

Steps on how to write a conclusion

Step 1: Restate your research topic

If you’re restating a topic you’ve already addressed, avoid expressing it exactly the same way you did in the introduction. Preferably, you’ll come up with a new method to connect the more complex ideas addressed in the body to the problem.

Step 2: Write a summary of your paper’s major ideas

After that, you might summarize your research paper’s major ideas.

Step 3: Link the key points’ importance or outcomes

You might highlight the relevance of these ideas after outlining the key points of your argument.

Step 4: Conclude your ideas

You can include a call to action or a suggestion in your conclusion to encourage your readers to think about your argument further. This section can also be used to address any unresolved questions from your paper’s body paragraphs.

Things to avoid in conclusion

Here are some techniques to avoid while writing the conclusion of your research paper (see common mistakes and tips).

Don’t begin your conclusion with terms like “In conclusion,” “In summary,” “In closing,” and so on. While this may be a successful transition during an oral presentation, it does not work as well on paper since your readers will be able to determine which section of your article they are reading.

The body paragraphs should contain all the important information. The conclusion is not the place to provide new information since it is where you should explain the importance of your research topic to your audience.

The conclusion of your research paper should be brief and simple. Avoid spending too much time on descriptions that should have been included in the body paragraphs of your paper, such as describing your research’s methodology and findings in depth.

The purpose of your conclusion, like the rest of your research paper, is to be analytical rather than emotional. Avoid using emotional phrases to appeal to the emotions of your readers since this will detract from what should be a rational and scientific research study.

Frequently Asked Questions

You need to start with re-stating your topic subject, your original statement. This will remind the reader about the paper. Then, make sure to analyze your findings and finally, mark the importance of the research and tidy up your thoughts briefly. 

There are few ways to start your conclusion. You can use a variety of transition sentences and words. Some examples of these would be; in summary, in short, to summarize, or to conclude. Do not directly start your conclusion, make sure to your transition.


While writing a research paper conclusion, three things matters; you need to make sure to correctly summarize the main findings, you need to remind the original subject to the reader, and you need to state the importance of your research. 

Conclusion paragraphs should always start with a restatement. In a research paper, this would be your original subject. This restatement will help your readers remember the first and the most important topic on the paper and evaluate the findings based on that. 

Thank you for reading. If you need further information, feel free to have a look at our essay samples or contact us at live chat.

Ibrahim Akturk
Ibrahim Akturk
Content editor at Tamara Research. Translation major, huge coffee and baking nerd. Addicted to good music and great articles.

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