It’s an art of communication, it’s an art of perspective and you must write it down for the world to read it.
Oh, have you had an argument already in your mind before writing your research paper and you are wondering how to do that?
The answer is just a click away because your arguments are waiting to be listed. How many of us always begin something with a contrary view to already established statements?
I am sure you must be wondering, it sounds somewhat like you.
Do not be surprised because it is something all young law students have.
But what if, you cannot prove your point?
The way we debate, is similar to the way we write our research papers; we present our arguments to support our interests.
Here we wish to share some vitals tips which will help you to include your arguments and conversations in your research paper.
Make a claim and support it with evidence
According to you an apple is green but who will support your statement without a real green apple? It’s a mere statement.
Try to explain the idea behind your claim which must add a new perspective, support it with logic and provide evidence. Simple!
But wait! Is every evidence acceptable?
It is advisable to refer to only those publications which are accepted by your instructor such as textbooks. For instance, a case brief from a court will be accepted anytime as a good source rather than a dubious website. Explore about the credible sources from your instructor. Familiarity with the argument and the concept, if communicated well will add value to your conversation.
Use a combination of pathos, logos and ethos
We humans are trapped within our pre-conceived notions and sometimes, it becomes difficult to support an argument. It is advised by us that you must use three rules mentioned below to make your content look more convincing.
- Emotional appeal (pathos): Include details and stories, including emotional ones which can help your audience to relate.
- Logical appeal (logos): Include factual information, statistics, examples and other similar evidences.
- Ethical appeals (ethos) i.e. appeals based on the character of the writer: conduct research and use it along it with ‘logos’ to display your credibility as a writer.
Anticipate and address counter-arguments or objections
It is always better to be prepared for all the counter-arguments before hand. During your research you must have found statements contradictory to your belief, address them in your research paper. You can also do a research to find disagreements to your statement. The best way to find it is when you discuss it with someone, like your friends, professors, etc., and you will get a list of statements to be addressed and address it fairly.
You can devise a structure of arguments where you acknowledge the presence of disagreement and prove your point with substantive logic and evidence to show the validity of your argument. You can also choose to show that the existence of the counter-argument is flawed, but support it with proof which holds your point.
Also, remember your research paper is about adding value not arguing so focus on two-three of the counter-arguments only.
Give yourself enough time to draft
You have an opinion and you have not communicated it well. Does that help your efforts? No.
Always have enough time in hand to understand the possible contentions and then draft them well. This is the most crucial part because while drafting you will develop different perspectives. If your arguments are well-drafted and are able to convince the reader about your stand, congratulations you have successfully made it.
Take time to revise and polish your argument
You are now done with the draft but check it once again, maybe thrice to find any mistakes. Once you have an argument, chances are that you can build good ones over them in no time. You should give your mind sometime to process the possibilities. It is always advisable that you must ensure your stand in your research paper. An argument communicated well, is the argument which wins.
We hope that by now you must have understood the art of incorporating your argument without fail.