Creating A Unique Argument Essay

Argumentative essays are much like regular research papers – with one big difference: the argument. There are a number of different ways to tackle writing an argumentative paper, with organization being the primary focus no matter how you decide to complete the task.

  • Plan Ahead
  • To make a cohesive argument, it is important that you dedicate some time to the planning process. Planning and preparing for where you will find your sources and how you can come up with the best conclusion will help you through those stages when you reach them.

  • Pick a Topic
  • The sky is the limit with research papers – sometimes even literally. But there are some important questions to consider before deciding on a certain topic for an argumentative paper.

    1. Are you interested in the topic?
    2. Are there multiple arguments that can be made about the topic?
    3. Can you prove your point about this topic?
    4. Is there enough research to back your argument?

    Creating a list for each potential argument that you are considering can help narrow down those that will be easier to use. Always choose an argument that you can back up with solid, peer-reviewed evidence and resources. If there are no (or not enough) resources, you won’t have an effective paper.

  • Be a Devil’s Advocate
  • When you’ve decided which argument to go with, take some time to make a point – jot down ways that you would argue against your paper. What would someone who holds the opposite view say in response to your argument? How can you best defeat their case?

    This step will not only help you refine your own perspective, but it will also help in determining if your argument is viable and easy enough to back up.

  • Gather Supporting Facts
  • An argument is only as good as the facts you have to back it up. Make a list of the discussion topics you will use to prove your point – how can you get them across to the reader? How many sources will you need to support each discussion topic, and the overall thesis, effectively?

    Always take notes during the research phase – including documentation of information you will need for your foot notes, end notes or reference pages.

  • Write Your Paper
  • Once you have established your argument, and completed enough research to back it up, it is time to start the writing phase. Take your time, utilize peers for review and proofing, and always edit your paper throughout the process.