9-Making an Argument

1. The Purpose of Academic Argument

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Scholarly conversation makes an argument for a given point of view.

Nearly all scholarly writing makes an argument. That’s because its purpose is to create and share new knowledge so it can be debated in order to confirm, dis-confirm, or improve it. That arguing takes place mostly in journals and scholarly books and at conferences. It’s called the scholarly conversation, and it’s that conversation that moves forward what we humans know.

Tip: Prezi on Scholarly Publishing

View an overview of the different ways in which scholars share their work with each other and the public.


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