© Damen, 2002

"Know the facts before you begin . . . The secret to torpedoing an opponent's case . . . is admitting her argument has some truth to it while demonstrating that yours is stronger still."
Will Repko, Michigan State University's head debate coach, quoted in Real Simple (June 2005)

Part 2: Content
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The content of papers is as important to address as their style, arguably more so. Here are several things to think about in choosing a suitable topic, structuring your paper and focusing its argument.

F. Topic

21. Stick to the Question/Topic

22. Positive Themes

23. Narrow Themes

G. Structuring and Organizing Your Paper

24. Introduction and Conclusion

25. Rough Transitions

H. Argumentation: What to Include and How Much

26. Narrative

27. Repeated Phrases and Facts

28. Specific Facts

29. Technical Terms

30. Length

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