A Solid Argument

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Developing a good argument is an essential part of an academic article.

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A Solid Argument

  1. 1. A solid argument Strategies for elaborating a good argument
  2. 2. Finding an argument <ul><li>What are the connections between your work and the work of other researchers? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you differentiate your work form theirs? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the main connection between your paper and their research? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Parts of an argument <ul><li>The claim : the position or conclusion the arguer wants to defend. </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence : premises and statements that give support to the claim </li></ul>
  4. 4. Contextualizing the argument <ul><li>What propositions have been generated about your subject? </li></ul><ul><li>Which of these have become generally accepted in the field? </li></ul><ul><li>What new propositions have you generated? </li></ul><ul><li>How does your argument relate to “taken for granted” propositons and common assumptions in the field? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Problematizing <ul><li>An argument establishes a problematic; when you make the case you have an issue worth writing about, your are always addressing the literature. </li></ul><ul><li>While problematizing, follow the tone an style of other articles in the preferred journal. </li></ul>
  6. 6. If you want to know more, please visit: <ul><li>http://austhink.com/reason/tutorials/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/argument.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.essex.ac.uk/myskills/skills/thinking/identifyEvaluateargument.asp </li></ul>

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