I have a task to do: writing a report. This one needs to be 4 pages as directed by the assigner. I was told to write 1/4, 3/4, 2 and 1/4 pages of Introduction, Background Summary, Discussion and Conclusion respectively.

I find these two - Introduction and Background Summary - to be similar. What is the difference between these two? Can anyone direct me?


An introduction is the teaser for your background summary. It is meant to be short and attention grabbing, and make the reader actually want to read further into the background summary.

A background summary goes in depth, while a introduction does just that... introduce the reader to what will come.



Known worldwide for it's magnificient Eiffel Tower, France has so much more to offer in magnificence.


France is a European country situated between England and Spain. The dominant language is, of course, French. The country also borders the Pyrenees Mountains to the southwest, and Italy to the southeast.

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  • As an example, we can say, Introduction is like Continent while Background Summary is like Country? – Nabin Jul 16 '15 at 13:26
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    An introduction is more like, a historical landmark or interesting fact about a country, while the background summary would be the country. – dockeryZ Jul 16 '15 at 13:30
  • Thank you for your answer. I am not sure if a post here gets as much attention as in stackoverflow. Should I wait for someone else's response to your answer or just accept it? I am sorry if this question doesn't make any sense. – Nabin Jul 16 '15 at 13:31
  • updated with example – dockeryZ Jul 16 '15 at 13:33
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    No words to thank you. It is quite clear to me now. – Nabin Jul 16 '15 at 13:35

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