Essays - Sequencing the argument
Advice leaflets originally produced for the Study Advice Service in the University of Hull, which holds the copyright:
This means developing a clear line of thought. Your ideas need to be organised into a sequence meaningful to the reader which can be signposted in the introduction. Supporting your argument You may do this by:
- â€¢ logical reasoning. You might, for example, highlight the consistencies in your view and the inconsistencies in opposing viewpoints, perhaps by extrapolating i.e. continuing a line of thought to a logical conclusion to see where it leads;
- â€¢ weighing two or more convincing viewpoints and deciding what tips the balance in favour of one;
- â€¢ providing evidence based on your own experience;
- â€¢ citing authoritative sources.
Be careful of statements such as: "Experiments have shown that â€¦" What experiments? Or: "There is evidence that â€¦" What evidence? You must be able to back up what you say and to refer the reader to the sources which you say exist.