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Section 3.1

Sections and Subsections

Organize and develop your writing in sections and subsections--sometimes referred to as chunks. A section is a distinct part or chunk of a body of material. Sections and subsections may be oneor more paragraphs long. The material in a section fits together under a topic, which is usuallyidentified by a subject heading or subheading. By developing sections and subsections, you help thereader see how the material develops and make it easier for the reader to move around in thedocument. The sectioning or chunking strategy is one of the most effective means a writer has tomake his or her material more readable.

See also Outlining.

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