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Have trouble with transitions? You’re not alone.
This guide will help you see the necessity of thoughtful transitions, seamlessly tying your essay, thesis, or dissertation together.
What are transitions?
Think of transitions as roadmaps for your reader, helping them follow your thoughts, movements, and argument
Transitions also help you stay within the scope of your paper
Successful transitions connect supporting claims to overall argument of a paper, thesis, or dissertation
Successful transitions also contrast supporting claims and cited material
Transitions can be a useful tool in separating our ideas from those of our references
Transition examples (an abridged list of the most commonly used)
Used to signify a change in direction, usually within the same paragraph
Shows similarity, but with slight difference
Used to shows a relationship between ideas
Can be used to show a change in direction or to show separation of ideas
Used to put ideas apart from one another
Shows a build-up of ideas
Used to increase focus on specific idea
Shows a correlation between ideas, but also indicates a slight change in focus
Used to acknowledge a specific idea or thought, but generally leads in a new direction
As a matter of fact
Acknowledges an idea and might take that idea to a further discussion
Not only…but also
Especially used when comparing our ideas to those of other scholars
Highlights an common understanding on an idea, but also shows a continuation or furthering of that idea
Shows a continuation of idea
Shows a correlating but contrasting relationship between ideas
Used to reiterate an idea
On the other hand
Indicates a change in direction
What’s important to remember about transitions?
They help your reader follow your argument
They can be used together
They help the author make connections that validate the argument of the essay, thesis, or dissertation