How to use proof in your research paper

A research paper is an essay which examines or discusses a subject. No matter what discipline of study you’re in your research paper should be able to be backed by other’s observations and opinions. A legal professional studies the cases of other people to draw comparisons and then applies them to their case to support their argument. In the medical field, doctors analyze and interpret medical facts for patients who are unable to communicate the issue to their doctors.

One area where this occurs regularly is in the field of education. One of the most popular papers I’ve enjoyed reading was written by Bahador Bahrami, an associate professor at the University of Toronto. In his critical thinking essay Bahrami employs a method not unlike mine known as a presupposition reversal. It is used to demonstrate how our previous expectations about a topic led to the new reality that the prior beliefs were false. The essay begins with the assertion “Our beliefs about language were deeply entrenched.”

The premise he uses is strong and so is his argument. As I mentioned the premise is an assumption. It’s a great one. He then shows how his assumption regarding language can cause issues in his writing. The problem is primarily in his use language. However, his entire argument is built on his usage of language. He correctly explains his reason for using the term “theorizing” in the last paragraph of his argument.

This is a great opportunity to show the importance of your writing and also your ability to critically analyze and challenge existing knowledge. Your writing won’t be all that unique unless you apply the knowledge you’ve acquired in your own research papers. And I’m sure that you do.

The crux of his argument is He believes (and I believe in this assumption) that your primary idea is right and then proceeds to build his case from the assumption. If you study his arguments, you will see that you don’t really see the central idea until the argument is explained. He makes use of various presuppositions to support his main argument which is to stretch the meaning of the word “proposition” and “intuition” beyond recognition. He commits the fallacy of induction. For more details, check out my previous post on the issue.

To attack his argument, I’d like to ask what is your principal idea? It doesn’t matter what the rest of us believe if you’re wrong. They’ve already seen that your main idea isn’t sensible, so it’s not necessary to argue with them. If it’s true it doesn’t matter to what others think. Simply examine your argument to prove it.

Now, I know there are people who don’t agree and argue that there can be an important and secondary argument. I’m not sure how significant this is, but it could be something that could be discussed by discussing the facts of your argument. For now, however, I won’t. Let me leave this as an exercise to your wits.

This topic can be difficult and many students give up on it. It doesn’t have be. It is crucial to remember that your goal is to prove your point by using logic and evidence. Without a solid argument this is not possible.

So, what makes an effective argument for your paper? There are basically two types of proof: deductive and inductive. Deductive proofs are based solely on facts. Although it might seem simple, there are many deductive arguments. For instance, if I say that you shouldn’t buy this vehicle because of the problems that are associated with it, then you’re already proving that my main argument is true.

It’s easy to slip into the’slippery slope of proof’ where logic is used to support your argument. For instance you could argue that since I said that the car is old, it is true. You’re right but the point is that you’ve just presented a case and that’s all there is. You can also use inductive arguments. For instance, you could say that since I said that you should purchase a car due to it being cheaper than a different car brand and that it is true. The argument here is that because you have a direct experience with cars that are cheaper that you should believe this particular brand more (since it has worked for you).

Proper proof is key to making your research paper effective and successful. Make sure you read the entire argument from beginning to end. Also, make sure that you support your argument in the end of your paper before you let your reader take away anything else from your paragraph. This will ensure they understand your main point and that your argument is valid and sound.