The purpose of an argumentative research paper is to influence the reader through the use of sources and opinionated dialogue on a subject.
For example, say the topic for both types of papers was the prison system in America.
An exploratory paper could discuss in depth the current state of our prisons in reference to the population, infrastructure strength, budget, etc., without giving an opinion on what needs to be done to fix them. The second variance is the use and types of sources you would use. For instance, instead of saying that the way we treat people with mental disabilities needs to be changed, you would instead give statistics on the current funding for mental institutions and/or federally funded counseling for those battling depression.
An exploratory paper is also more likely to use sources that inform rather than suggest.
Here's how you could outline your essay: Topics for this type of essay can vary a lot, as any subject can use this format.
As a rule though, they can often be hot button topics.The difference is while a persuasive essay may have a certain viewpoint, the argumentative essay will expand on it.For example, a persuasive essay will say that cities should take up more recycling programs.By addressing the opposition you achieve the following goals: Think about yourself as a child, asking your parents for permission to do something that they would normally say no to.You were far more likely to get them to say yes if you anticipated and addressed all of their concerns before they expressed them. To address the other side of the argument you plan to make, you'll need to "put yourself in their shoes." In other words, you need to try to understand where they're coming from.This will then be either refuted or accepted in the conclusion of their paper.On the other hand, an argumentative thesis affirms its position at the beginning and aims to convince throughout.Though there are plenty of times in your life when it’s best to adopt a balanced perspective and try to understand both sides of a debate, this isn’t one of them.You MUST choose one side or the other when you write an argument paper!Though the task may be daunting when you reach the fork in the road, hopefully this little guide can help you not only choose between each paper, but also help you stay on track when writing them.This entry was posted in General Writing Advice and tagged argument, exploratory essay, expository essay, research, strong arguments, thesis, thesis statements, UNR Writing Center, writing center.