How to write an argument essay


Inclusion of research and reference results in the essay


Do your own research


Look for books and articles on the topic in the library. Try to find reliable sources on the Internet. You should find sources that reflect all the existing points of view on this subject – this will allow you to cover in your essay all aspects of the issue under consideration. Gather all the information, both confirming your point of view, and contradicting it.

Ask the library worker to help you find reliable and trusted sources for your topic. He will be able to recommend the appropriate books.


Use reliable sources and provide accurate and up-to-date information


Good research works, based on achievements in the relevant field, raise new questions and suggest ways to solve them, thereby violating the status quo. It should be used as the old, underlying in this or that area of knowledge, and new, representing the latest achievements of sources.


Select links that support your point of view


Reliably justify your position by supporting it with links to serious scientific work.

Refer to the serious work written by experts in this field (for example, if your argument essay is devoted to the danger of global warming, cite the work of a well-known environmental specialist) and published in refereed scientific publications. The works published in such publications are subject to preliminary verification (review).

Remember that anyone can write anything on the Internet without adhering to any requirements regarding the accuracy of the information presented, therefore, in scientific work, it is not recommended to refer to blogs and unspecialized websites.


Indicate the sources


When citing other works, appropriate references should be given. If you bring the results of someone else’s work, without referring to it, it will be regarded as plagiarism.

Direct quotations should be enclosed in quotes (“), after which a reference to the relevant source included in the bibliography (list of references) should be cited at the end of the article.

There are several ways to design links used in various areas. For example, philologists usually use the MLA citation style, and historians use the Chicago format.



Editing and final editing


Try to look at your work from the outside


Drowning in the writing of the essay, you could make obvious mistakes. For a few hours, digress from your work. Sometimes a break in a few days also helps. Having looked at the text with a fresh look, you will be able to notice the errors that escaped you earlier when you were completely absorbed in the expression of your thought and did not always pay attention to how your words look from the outside.


Check the grammar


Grammar errors can make your article “raw” and unprofessional. The most common errors are:

The incompleteness of phrases. In some phrases and sentences, verbs or nouns may be missing, which gives them an unfinished appearance.

Harmonization. Make sure that the dependent words have the same grammatical category (gender, number, case) as the corresponding leading words.

Alignment of the predicate with the subject. With errors of this kind, the verb does not agree with the corresponding noun.



Check the availability of necessary links and the correctness of their design


Correct design of the links will allow the reader to easily find additional information on this issue and will inspire confidence in you as the author.





When writing an essay, use the standard techniques. Consistently state your thoughts, remembering the goal.

Include in the essay only significant information. Don’t deviate from the topic under consideration.

Divide the text into sections devoted to the consideration of certain aspects of the problem.

The essay can consist of 4-10 sections, depending on the specific topic.

You should respect different points of view. In support of your opinion, give dry facts and other information, and in no case do not drop down to attacks and insults against other authors.


How to write an argument essay (Part 2)