Q: What is the best way of stating the background of a study?

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I want to write the background of my study. Can you give me any tips or guidelines?

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The introduction of your research paper should provide a background of the study. This includes an explanation of the area of your research to set context for the problem at hand. This includes a detailed literature review in which you explain what previous studies state about the topic, discuss recent developments on the topic, and identify the gap in literature that has led to your study. You should also explain the problem that the study addresses and give a brief account of the history of the problem mentioning whether it has been addressed in any form before. This will lead up to the research question and the aims of your study.

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Stating the background of a study effectively is crucial as it sets the context and provides the necessary foundation for understanding the research. Here are some tips on the best way to state the background of a study:

  1. Be Clear and Concise: State the background in a clear and concise manner. Avoid using jargon or technical language that might confuse the reader. Keep the language simple and accessible.

  2. Provide Context: Set the context by explaining the broader area of research your study falls within. Describe the field of study and its significance in the real world.

  3. Review Existing Literature: Conduct a thorough literature review to identify relevant studies and research that have been done in the same or related areas. Summarize the key findings and highlight any gaps in the existing knowledge.

  4. Identify the Knowledge Gap: Clearly state the specific knowledge gap or research question that your study aims to address. Explain why this gap is important and how filling it will contribute to the field.

  5. Explain the Purpose: Clearly state the purpose or objectives of your study. Describe what you intend to achieve and what your research aims to investigate.


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