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English 1A - Guide to Researching Hot Topics: Getting Started

Guide to sources for generating ideas on topics and locating sources.

The Argumentative Paper


If you distill your argumentative essay outline down to its basics, you’ll find that it’s made of four main sections:


  1. Intro
  2. Developing Your Argument
  3. Refuting Opponents’ Arguments
  4. Conclusion

That’s not so bad! There’s really nothing to be afraid of.

The image to the right shows how your argumentative essay outline would look if you turned it into a pretty picture: