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The opening section should always be introductory, so the heading "Introduction" is unnecessary. The first paragraph usually begins with a definition of the topic, and we bold the title of the article in the first sentence, e.g.: "Philosophy is an abstract, intellectual discourse..." The first paragraph should contain a concise and neutral answer to "Why is this topic important (or interesting)?" If the topic is a person, say what the person is best known for; if an event, summarize its impact; if a place, describe things that make it notable. The rest of the opening section should give the background needed for understanding the rest of the article. The opening section can be a ‘’summary’’ of the article, but this may not be the best use of the space. A brief outline of the article structure is preferable to a summary when the article is very long.
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