Before you take the plunge of buying or writing
you should have a good think about the specific
topic that you wish to research and eventually write
This is not just an exercise in collecting facts, but in
developing and showing your skills in the power of reasoning.
You can save a lot of time and ultimately frustration by
starting this process as early as you can.
Below are some steps that you should consider:-
1. Take note of the key terms of the essay, including
terms that name parts of the topic and those that give
direction for dealing with the topic. Be observant
for the type of words that will define the kind of reasoning
you should be using for the essay: how, why, compare, argue,
analyse, evaluate, etc and make sure that you fully understand
the meaning of these terms.
Compare - means find similarities as well as
differences, so therefore you will need to formulate these
aspects when constructing your essay or paper. You should
consider organising your paper by using these aspects
(differences/ similarities) mentioned above as headings.
Argue - (or agree or disagree) is asking you to take a
particular stance based on analysis of solid evidence and
explain this by clear reasoning. You will need to
consider others' arguments and viewpoints too and defend your
own views in comparison.
Analyse - means to look behind the surface structure of
your source material, so you are looking at the relationship of
parts to the whole. Being able to recognise the relationships
(such as cause and effect) is imperative during analysis and so
is questioning the validity of the underlying assumptions.
'How' and 'Why' normally implies an answer that is
reached by analysis.
Evaluate stresses the importance of applying your own
judgement to the results of your analysis. It will ask for your
opinion based on clearly stated evidence and well-defined
2. Note which methods or concepts the essay topic asks you
- Does the essay topic demand that you go into some type of
depth about some material that has already been
- Do you have to argue points with others or
explore your own responses?
- Does it suggest that you have to evaluate a model or theory
by applying it from an example from material outside of your
Whatever the design, an essay expects you to use the concepts
of the course and apply different ways of thinking, encouraging
you to break new ground (for yourself) in applying the
methodology of your course.
3. Generate ideas so that you can choose the direction that
your preliminary analysis or research will take. Look
for controversy in the material that will help you to find
things that are worth discussing. You may also want to look at
how other people framed their questions or saw problems to
discuss in their work by looking at general reference articles
4. When writing an argumentative essay, try and formulate a
preliminary thesis statement at an early stage. That
is a statement of your own position within the argument that
you are most likely to be interested in. You don't have
to stick to this statement, but it will strengthen your focus
on the investigation.
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