Creating an Argument


Getting started

Communicating the Basics
Making Your Point
Audience

Choosing a direction

Gathering evidence

What types of information are you looking for?

Simple Research

Non-comprehensive list of acceptable sources
Make a Point Assignment
Gathering evidence through library/computer research
     Limiting Google Searches to Specific Sources (Video)
     Using Google to Search *.gov sites (Video)
     Using SIRS through one college Library (Video)
     Using EBSCO Host through one college Library (Video)

Assessing the quality of a source

Putting it together

Basic Outlining
Writing a research-paper body paragraph
Transitions
Introductions and Conclusions

 

Checking your logic
Anecdotes, Correlation and Causation–Basic Explanation
Ted talk on correlation v causation–SHORT VIDEO
Freakonomics authors on correlation v causation–SHORT VIDEO
Freakonomics authors on correlation v causation–SHORT VIDEO 2
John Norland on correlation v causation–SHORT VIDEO
Anecdotes, Correlation and Causation–Exercise One
Anecdotes, Correlation and Causation–Exercise Two
Anecdotes, Correlation and Causation–Exercise Three
Bias, empiricism, and the hierarchy of evidence
Funny Correlations (where one variable obviously isn’t causing the other)
Other elegant explanations and examples.