Hey there! I’m back again with some more fabulous quotes from the even more fabulous book, The Craft of Research by Booth, Colomb, and Williams. At this point, if you don’t already, you should have already bought this book and have it at the ready with the amount of times I have referenced it in the few blog posts I have so far. This time, I’m bringing you some tidbits of knowledge about making claims and supporting them with evidence. And, (drumroll) here they are:
“No thoughtful reader will accept your claim based solely on your views: you must also address theirs” (112).
This is an extremely important concept to grasp when writing a paper. It re-emphasizes the fact that as a writer, you have to know who your audience is and figure out why in the world they would actually want to read what you are writing and claiming to be the truth. By addressing their views on the subject, you are both appeasing the reader and covering all of your bases so that nothing new can be thrown your way.
“In the long run, the ethos you project in individual arguments hardens into your reputation . . . your reputation is the tacit sixth element in every argument you write. It answers the unspoken question, Can I trust you? That answer must be Yes” (117-118).
Without this type of reputation, you will probably never have anyone read anything about your work, let alone care about what you have to say, no matter how earth-shattering it might be. You have to act as a trustworthy guide to your readers so that whatever you say in your argument is holy and nothing could ever refute any of your claims, even if you say that cars run on cupcakes and marshmallows; if you have a fantastic reputation, then every one of your readers will agree with the fact that sweet treats fuel cars.
“Even if you offer lots of evidence, your readers still expect it to be representative of the full range of variation in what’s available” (138).
At this point, I feel like this is something that I will always be thinking about when writing my capstone paper. Simply put, any evidence that I put out there to support my argument has to cover all of the bases of support for it and arguments against it. Without presenting my readers with this information, I would be robbing them of information and thus, myself of a well-developed essay.
Until next time.
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So you still haven’t gotten this book yet? Really? This is the last time I will be putting this on here, so you better get it now! (But it really won’t be because I have to cite it for my class, so don’t worry . . . but you better buy it soon.)
Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. Third ed. Chicago: U of Chicago, 2008. Print.