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Academic Writing

Anatomy of a paper

Understanding the parts that make up your paper

Anatomy pieces from the board game, Operation Most essays have the same anatomy or parts. These parts include:

  • an opening paragraph that includes a thesis statement
  • supporting paragraphs (also called the body of the paper)
  • conclusion
  • and a reference list (may also be called a bibliography)  

There are other important parts of your essay including your transitioning words and phrases and grammar. Read on to learn more about the anatomy of a general research paper and get some help with your transitioning words, phrases and grammar so that you can produce your best possible work.