A Perfect Argumentative Research Paper Example
There are very few perfect research papers out there and so an example of one would be difficult to come by. An extremely strong example or an excellent one would have the following included.
- Strongly established side in the argument.
- All points strongly argued for, against, or both.
- Addresses the other side’s opinion on a topic.
- Well researched and all facts presented.
- Opens and closes strong.
It is possible to have a good argumentative essay with some or most of these present--and “good” is usually…good enough to skirt by on. If you want an excellent research paper, you need to bring you A-game and that means all of the above and more!
Strongly Established Side in the Argument and Points Accounted For
There’s no need for indifference to apply here. If you don’t feel strongly one way or the other about the subject or specific topic, try your best to phone it in. Don’t worry if you don’t feel strongly about the subject as you won’t be vehemently opposed or heavily for every conflict there is.
For those who do have a strong feeling for the topic or subject, establish your point in the argument. Really let the reader know why you feel this way about the subject and why you don’t agree with the opposing side.
Simply stating “I don’t agree with X on Y.” doesn’t cut it.
Address the Other Side’s Opinion
While it would be easy to just run through your research paper without addressing the other side or just stampeding over their opinion, it’s best to let the reader know what other opinions there are on the topic. This gives your writing a sense of being fair even if you are taking a side.
Well Researched and Facts Presented
Research, research, research! Nothing needs to be said about that. Without research your paper is standing on weak legs even if you have tremendous writing ability! The facts will need to be presented to the reader and they will need to be presented in a way that it isn’t bricks of text, cold, and without feeling. Difficult? Yes, but it can be done. Some tips are:
- Ask the reader a question concerning the topic. Let them think about it.
- Don’t use too many facts or bog everything down with facts. Only use what is most important.
Open Strong and Close Strong
This is just as it says. Open with a strong argument for your side and give the reader a preview of the journey you will take them on in your writing. Do the same when closing: close strong and give a review of what was discussed.