You might be asked to write an argumentative essay in one or more of your courses. This type of writing is common for academic writing.

What is argumentative writing?

In argumentative writing, you are typically asked to take a position on an issue or topic and explain and support your position with research from reliable and credible sources.

What are the characteristics of an argumentative paper?

  • The argument you are making should be clearly stated within your thesis statement.
  • You should have several reasons or points of discussion that help you to support your argument. You will explain and support these reasons and points of discussion within the body paragraphs of your paper.
  • As with all academic writing, you’ll need to cite any information that you used from a source within your paper.

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