Questions to Strengthen Your Argument

  1. What’s your point?
  2. I claim that…

  3. What evidence do you have?
  4. I offer as evidence…

  5. But how about these reservations?
  6. I can answer them. First, …

  7. Are you entirely sure?
  8. Only if… and as long as…

  9. No reservations here at all?
  10. I must concede that…

  11. Then just how strong is your claim?
  12. I limit it to…

  13. Why do you think your evidence supports your claim?
  14. This is important, because as a general principle…





This information was compiled from The Craft of Research by Booth, Colomb and Williams.