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Research Arguments. How to Craft a Research Argument Source: Booth, Colomb, and Williams, The Craft of Research , 3 rd ed., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. Research Arguments. How to Craft a Research Argument What is a research argument?. Research Arguments.

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research arguments
Research Arguments

How to Craft a Research Argument

Source: Booth, Colomb, and Williams, The Craft of

Research, 3rd ed., Chicago: University of Chicago

Press, 2008.

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Research Arguments

How to Craft a Research Argument

What is a research argument?

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Research Arguments
  • How to Craft a Research Argument
  • Begin with a Research Topic/Question
  • “I am researching __________ because I want to find
  • out why/how/what/who __________.”
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Research Arguments
  • How to Craft a Research Argument
  • Begin with a Research Question
  • Answer is your Main Claim (thesis)
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Research Arguments
  • How to Craft a Research Argument
  • Begin with a Research Question
  • Answer is your Main Claim (thesis)
  • Claim is supported by Reasons
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Research Arguments
  • How to Craft a Research Argument
  • Begin with a Research Question
  • Answer is your Main Claim (thesis)
  • Claim is supported by Reasons
  • Reasons are supported by Evidence
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Research Arguments
  • How to Craft a Research Argument
  • Begin with a Research Question
  • Answer is your Main Claim (thesis)
  • Claim is supported by Reasons
  • Reasons are supported by Evidence
  • Acknowledge and respond to other views
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Research Arguments
  • How to Craft a Research Argument

Research Question

Storyboard

Main Claim

Reason 1

Reason 2

Reason 3

Evidence

Evidence

Evidence

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Research Arguments
  • How to Craft a Research Argument
  • Turning a storyboard into an outline
  • Introduction
    • Background, question, and claim
  • Reason 1
    • Evidence 1
  • Reason 2
    • Evidence 2
  • Conclusion
    • Restate claim more fully, add significance
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Research Arguments
  • How to Craft a Research Argument
  • Ordering Your Reasons:
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Research Arguments
  • How to Craft a Research Argument
  • Ordering Your Reasons:
  • Short to long, simple to complex
  • More familiar to less familiar
  • Less contestable to more contestable
  • Less important to more important
  • Earlier understanding to prepare for later understanding
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Research Arguments

How to Craft a Research Argument

For more information, contact

Kevin Compton

[email protected]

847-317-4010

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