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09 November 2011
Hermit crab metaphor for writing scientific introduction
I've been taking a writing workshop for the past few weeks. The instructor taught us something really cool. The introduction to a scientific paper can be thought of as a hermit crab finding its shell. Swales and Feak  call this "moves in introductions."
Establish a research territory.
Find a niche.
Occupy the niche.
I thought this metaphor was really cute and colorful. I'll think of hermit crabs the next time I read or write an introduction.
 Swales, John M. and Christine B. Feak. Academic Writing for Graduate Students, The University of Michigan Press (2004)