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  1. 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.

  2. Research Arguments How to Craft a Research Argument What is a research argument?

  3. 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 __________.”

  4. Research Arguments • How to Craft a Research Argument • Begin with a Research Question • Answer is your Main Claim (thesis)

  5. Research Arguments • How to Craft a Research Argument • Begin with a Research Question • Answer is your Main Claim (thesis) • Claim is supported by Reasons

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Research Arguments • How to Craft a Research Argument Research Question Storyboard Main Claim Reason 1 Reason 2 Reason 3 Evidence Evidence Evidence

  9. 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

  10. Research Arguments • How to Craft a Research Argument • Ordering Your Reasons:

  11. 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

  12. Research Arguments How to Craft a Research Argument For more information, contact Kevin Compton kcompton@tiu.edu 847-317-4010