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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

kcompton@tiu.edu

847-317-4010