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Building an Argument

An argument is "a reason or reasons why you support or oppose an idea or suggestion, or the process of explaining these reasons" (Cambridge University Press, n.d., para. 2).  Please see below for more information on building an argument in your academic writing.

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When you start building an argument, you need to decide whether you're going to use deductive or inductive reasoning to prove your point.

Arguments are everywhere

You may be surprised to hear that the word “argument” does not have to be written anywhere in your assignment for it to be an important part of your task. In fact, making an argument—expressing a point of view on a subject and supporting it...

A fallacy is "an idea that a lot of people think is true but is in fact false" (Cambridge University Press, n.d., para. 1). Fallacies weaken arguments and in doing so, weaken the overall strength of your paragraph or assignment.

There are five common categories of fallacies:

Dr. Gilbert Wilkes, who formerly taught in the RRU Professional Communications program, kindly gave permission for his "liber.rhetoriae" to be posted within this topic. Dr. Wilkes' expertise in rhetoric shines through in his writing, and it's an excellent resource to refer to (and an interesting...

Counterarguments take a position in support of ideas that oppose your own argument. Usually, counterarguments respond to an argument by challenging one or more of its claims. Discussing counterarguments then shows both why the conclusion of a paper is ultimately correct, as well as why serious...