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connecting words

Academic writing employs a greater number of connecting words than the kinds of writing you may be used to, words such as "however", "therefore", "moreover", "thus", and "notwithstanding". You shouldn't assume, however, that all connecting words, no matter how unusual, can be used in your essay: some connecting words, like "aforementioned" are only appropriate to legal documents.

A careful use of connecting words can aid the reader's sense of coherence by providing cues which highlight the main points you wish to make. You won't convey very much to the reader if you use them to start a sentence on their own, so they are best used together with some repetition of a key word or phrase.