Chapter 6 How Do We Support Arguments As

Credibility
Verification- borrowed from trustworthy sources or "secondary sources"
Reputation- what the audience knows about the author
Presentation- using a style that's suitable for the audience or purpose
-Evidence provides the strongest foundation for arguments
-Linkages provide the bridge that connects the claim with the evidence
-Focus on the readers' needs and expectations not your own

Linkages
Relevance-indicates quality of the linkages
Sufficiency-reflects the quantitative strength of the linkages
-Collect evidence of your own

Research Methods
Interview- write questions before hand, record with permission
Surveys- write clear and calculated questions, have others look over your survey
Observations- remain inconspicuous to limit your effect on it
-Photos, artwork, and other graphics can function as evidence, illustrations, or verification in an argument

Charts
Line charts- can show relationship between two variables
Pie charts- can show relationships through percentages and proportionally
Bubble charts- allow authors to illustrate three dimensions of data

Analysis
What does the evidence suggest? What might it mean?
How can it help me answer my research question?
Does it align with what other scholars have found? Different?
What questions remain? What else needs to be studied?

Conclusions
It's the place where we amplify-turn up, intensify, expand our argument
metacommentary- explicit statements about our intended meaning which clarify our meaning
- add a little emotion
-personal experience can be used to enhance credibility or emotion

Narrating
-Don't forget the audience
-You need evidence

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