Answered By: Emily King
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2015     Views: 426

The goal of the argumentative essay is to persuade the reader to agree with your position on an issue or controversial topic.  You must use appropriate, credible information to understand the various viewpoints, the history and the extent of the topic, solutions that have been suggested, and the consequences if the problem remains unsolved. 

To find library resources that look at issues from different points of view, see our guide to finding Pro/Con information.

To find good websites that have statistics to help your argument, see our finding statistics FAQ.

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