Annette Diane. College Research. April 04th , 2021.
The most common mistake made by college students is picking a sub-theme for their argumentative research paper. When a student picks a topic, they generally pick one that is already pre-planned. They base their arguments on this topic and provide limited support for it. They do not offer any new insights. This will not be viewed favorably by the professor. If your topic is the same as another topic that has been discussed in class for several semesters, then your professor will view your efforts as rehearsing and your paper as "copying and plagiarizing".
To avoid picking an argumentative paper topic that will blow the class away, you need to start out with a solid foundation. Start with a broad topic that you have some knowledge about and that you can support with your research. Your argument needs to have broad appeal to the reader, but it should be well stated and supported with evidence and facts.
Choose a broad topic that you have some background knowledge on but make it interesting and relevant to your topic. Be specific with your arguments. You will want to include both strong and weak points. You will want to make your point, but make it clearly and concisely.
A topic that is new and untested can often be very convincing. In fact, many professors will be impressed with a good argument. Be sure to spend time researching any new argument you intend to write. You will want to make your paper stick out from the other papers being written about your topic.
It is OK to repeat your topic sentence twice, so long as you emphasize what your topic is. Do not let the phrase "arguable topic" mislead you into thinking that your paper should only contain a single argument or opinion. Your paper could have multiple views or opinions. Your argument should be based upon several different points, and not just one!
Your topic sentence must have a clear beginning, an end, and a middle. There should be a thesis statement, statements linking to other paragraphs, and a conclusion statement. If your paper has more than one argument, each of these parts should be discussed in detail. Your research paper outline will need to include all the main points of your arguments so that your reader will know where they should go after reading your paper.
Be careful not to ramble. If your topic sentence begins with "I think so," it will seem like you are merely rambling and may not hold the listener's attention long enough for them to read your paper fully. The best way to avoid this problem is to begin your arguments with an idea, question, or statement that draws your reader's attention immediately. Then make your main point with evidence or personal experience.
Argumentative research papers are notoriously hard to write, due to their subject matter and the intricate details that go into them. The trick to writing good argumentative papers is to pick a topic that seems to have strong opinions, and then carefully construct your argument. If you do your research and find several different topics that fit your argument, you can develop a new topic or use old ones to make your main point stronger. It is possible to learn how to write an argumentative research paper, but it will take time, practice, and a good topic.
As you can see, there is a lot that goes into written research papers. If you do not plan ahead and prepare carefully, you will find that your topic does not come across as well as you had hoped. It is far better to spend some time early on planning your topic and doing your research than it is to do everything at the last minute and have to redo your research. As long as you follow the advice given here, you should be well prepared for your argumentative paper.
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