Argument

  • A dissertation should present a clear and cogently expressed argument.
  • Transitional paragraphs and sentences do more than assist smooth prose: they sharpen and clarify the argument.
  • Citing the argument of an eminent scholar is not evidence—you should explain why you believe one scholar's analysis is better than another’s.
  • Treat materials (examples, quotations, illustrations, etc) as evidence, explaining their significance.
  • Argue from your material rather than use it to illustrate a point or argument.
  • A conclusion is essential to a good piece of writing. It should summarise the argument and, possibly, make suggestions for further research.

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