Successful Argument Building
Building an argument
If you are writing an academic paper – an essay, a dissertation, a thesis, or a report – then it is vital that you build an effective argument within that paper, drawing on evidence and coming to a well-reasoned conclusion. This skill can take practice to master, but once you’ve got it, your academic work will benefit!
If you want to build and effective argument, one that will help you get good grades in your paper, then you need to do the following things:
For the simplest argument:
Identify your main conclusion
Identify supporting reasons
Write your argument down
Check that the reasons support the conclusion
For more complex arguments, you will also need to:
State your intermediate conclusions
Emphasise the key turning points in your argument
Once you’ve got an understanding of these stages, it is extremely helpful to know about:
- Counter arguments
The following chapters of this online book will give you ideas, advice and tips on how to do these things successfully.