Arguments and Claims

Lauren Wollman

Research is not just about compiling all the known literature or data on a given issue, and then writing a report. Research is also about analyzing and synthesizing the material, the ideas, and the facts and generating something new and unique in the debate – an argument. In the world of research, an argument is your central idea, your thesis, your policy recommendation, and your contribution. An argument is strong when it is compelling, and it is only compelling when it is well-articulated, well-documented, logically presented, and supported by reasons and evidence the reader accepts as convincing and true. Five components – claims, reasons, evidence, anticipation of challenges, and warrants – create a good argument. This module will walk you through these five components, and help you to develop your ideas and present them in a persuasive fashion.

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Keywords: analysis, five components, research

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