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Building an argument

Learn more about how to build strong arguments using different types of reasoning


Welcome to this guide on building arguments. Arguments are like building blocks in academic writing as they present the essential details and show the connections that readers need to understand an author's thinking. "Reasoning" refers to the approach an author takes to build the argument.

In this guide, you can expect to learn more about:

  1. Deductive and inductive reasoning
  2. Sample arguments
  3. Fallacies that can weaken arguments
  4. Liber.rhetoriae: A story about arguments
  5. Assess if you've demonstrated your critical thinking in your arguments

Feel free to jump into the section that focuses on your interest or move through the guide by clicking the "Next" option at the bottom of each page.

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Use critical thinking to build arguments

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