How to Write a Research Paper on a Social Topic

When you are writing an argumentative research paper and need powerful social topics, it is important that you find something about which you are passionate. Your passion as a writer is what makes a topic powerful or not.

This type of essay is where you prove that your theory, opinion, or hypothesis is correct. In short, it is a persuasive essay, but the difference is that you argue for your opinion not the opinion of other writers. What are the most important qualities of this type of essay?

  • Your arguments needs to be focused
  • Your argument needs a clear thesis
  • Your topic should be supported with solid evidence
  • Your assay should have pros and cons
  • Your approach should be structured
  • You should use good transitions between paragraphs
  • You should win over your intended audience
  • You should research the topic so as to present only convincing evidence
  • You should avoid repeating the same points or boring your reader
  • You should use language that is appropriate for your paper
  • You should keep one topic per paragraph
  • You should have natural transitions from one idea to the next
  • You should have a strong conclusion

Tips for writing an argumentative paper:

  1. Make a list of the pros and cons to your argument before you begin writing. Focus on the most important pro (that which will support your argument) and the most important con (that which refutes your argument).
  2. There are three approaches that can be used in this style of essay. You might find that as a writer, you prefer to save the best argument for last. Conversely, you might want to place your best argument first. In any case, find which approach works best for you:
    • Approach #1:

      Thesis statement

      Pro Statement 1

      Pro Statement 2

      Cons

      Conclusion

    • Approach #2:

      Thesis statement

      Cons

      Pro Statement 1

      Pro Statement 2

      Conclusion

    • Approach #3:

      Thesis

      Con Statement 1 + refutation

      Con Statement 2 + refutation

      Con Statement 3+ refutation

      Conclusion

  3. Use transitional words in between your arguments, especially when you move from a pro argument to a con argument. Some examples include:
    • While some disagree with this idea…
    • Those who agree claim that…
    • Opponents to this idea maintain that…
    • While others may say… I have shown…

    If you want to refute a con you can start with:

    • This claim notwithstanding…
    • But…
    • However,
    • Nonetheless
    • On the other hand…
  4. If you want to completely disagree with something you can use:

    • Their argument is irrelevant
    • Upon reviewing the evidence it is impossible to agree
    • Contrary to what others might think…

Posted by December 3rd, 2014