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Constructing a Rogerian Argument

By Chase Fayeghi Picture this: two people, each with opposing views, have been duking it out for some time. The battlefield is littered with logical fallacies, bullets of insults are shot back and forth piercing each opponent, and, in the … Continue reading

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Toul-me About It: Using the Toulmin Method of Logic in Writing

By Emily K. Tudorache Every university student has been told at one time or another that college is about developing new opinions. One way that we as students develop these new opinions is through argumentative writing. Professors are constantly asking … Continue reading

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Own Your Words: Avoiding Hedging in Academic Writing

By Harris Armstrong Many scholars who produce research refrain from making absolute claims and engage in a practice referred to as “hedging.” So, what is hedging and why should you avoid it? In academic writing, hedging is the use of … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Strategies: Logos, Ethos, Pathos, Kairos

By Aaron Smale When crafting arguments based on your reasoned opinions, sometimes you’ll hear the terms logos, ethos, pathos, and even kairos from time to time.  Even though these are established components in approaching arguments, they can be hard to … Continue reading

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Providing Context: Making The Most of Sources

By Edwin Tran “Quotation, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.” This lonesome quote has the capacity to elicit a variety of responses. One might be shocked by the bluntness of the statement, while another might react … Continue reading

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Crafting Topic Sentences

By Moryah Hennessy After the introduction of the paper, we encounter the dreaded first body paragraph and face the “how do I start” dilemma. You may ask yourself how to begin. Fret not, the topic sentence has come to the rescue. A … Continue reading

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Switching from Scientific Writing to Writing in the Humanities

By: Madison Bosque One of the most difficult things I’ve encountered as a student and writer is transitioning from scientific papers, which make up the majority of my academic writing, to humanities papers, which are sprinkled into my coursework every … Continue reading

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Defining Signal Phrases with MLA Style

By: Jann Harris Signal phrases introduce materials from sources such as paraphrases, summaries and direct quotations. We use signal phrases to show ideas aren’t our own and instead belong to another scholar. This blog breaks down how to use signal … Continue reading

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The Differences Between an Exploratory and Argumentative Research Paper

By: Colin deSousa Throughout your college career, especially if your major resides in either the humanities or other social sciences, you’ll be tasked with writing a research paper. At this point, unbeknownst to you, you’ve reached a fork in the … Continue reading

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Can You Claim You Can Write a Claim?

By: Jerson Valdez Many students know what a thesis is and how to make one, but how many students are familiar with supporting claims? What is a claim? How do you develop a great claim? How do you incorporate one … Continue reading

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