Abstract
Questions
  • Do we need to use specific details and examples or can we be more general?
    • Dr. T: Somewhere in between. You do want to provide what general evidence you are going to be using to prove your point, but you do not need to get into complete details. It is only a minimum of 300 words after all.
  • I am not used to abstracts. Is it similar to a summary? I did read them as I found scholarly articles. I think it’s giving a general idea as to what the article is about.
    • Dr. T: Yes, it is a general idea/summary of your idea/thesis/argument and the evidence you will use to prove it.
  • Isn’t this going to be difficult? I usually write my abstracts last. Is that bad or wrong?
    • Dr. T: It depends on your purpose in writing your abstract. If you are writing an abstract in order to summarize your final, polished piece, then you would write it afterwards. The purpose of this abstract is to clarify your idea thesis/argument so that you are clear on what you want to write as you start your Journal Article.

Definition
  • What is the author’s argument in the article? Why is what they are saying important?
  • I feel that the abstract is basically like a proposal where we summarize what our article will be about and the arguments we plan to make.
  • A summary of what your paper is going to talk about/main points you want to discuss
  • A summary of your idea, brief
  • Your main idea: what is the point you are making in the piece
  • Summary or brief overview of journal article description
  • Summary

Advice
  • The abstract to our final research paper is a key element that will inform the reader of what the article is about. I strongly believe it is important to have your abstract sound intriguing. The more interesting is sounds the more likely the readers are to read your article. I also think you need to incorporate your argument into an abstract to get your point across.
  • Discuss the importance/significance of the subject
  • Be concise/orderly
  • Hit important ideas
  • Don’t write things that don’t apply
  • Cry, ask for help while crying…main vague idea, who this would be useful for, why it’s important…maybe more crying (but not too much)
  • Be a little detailed when summarizing your whole argument and what will be coming up in the article.
  • Bring up your point in the abstract and base off your 300 words (or more)

Argument against a Scholarly Article
Questions
  • How much of the article should we argue with? Can we argue only a few points or does it need to be a majority of the article?
    • Dr. T: You do not need to argue with the entire article. It may only be one point, although it should be a significant point (for example, not whether there is a period in a sentence or not).

Definition
  • Figure out what it’s saying, find the point you disagree with, and rip it a new one…with references and your own conclusions
  • What is the author’s argument in the article? What can be said counter that argument?
  • The topic of whether to disagree or agree and listing evidence to support the answer
  • Points you disagree with/points you agree with
  • I like saying things against things, so I think the argument against an article should be interesting. There were a few things I did not agree with in some of the articles I chose.
  • Should include the article’s argument (or lack of) and why you disagree with it or why it didn’t work for your paper’s argument

Advice
  • You need to be strong in your argument against the article. Also, I think it is important to have proof and backed up resources to defend your argument.
  • Make sure it is good in the sense that the text, your thoughts, and the favorable article line up. It would be bad if you wrote your opposition against it only to look back on your material and find out that you were wrong because you misread the passage.
  • Read article thoroughly
  • Critically argue/think (in detail) with support from other scholarly sources
  • Acknowledge the presence of the argued view (for example=even though think this….this article makes a good argument with…)
  • Read against the text
  • Don’t be afraid of your text, find something and run with it
  • Why have you chosen to argue this/these specific points in contrast to other opposing viewpoints is something I keep in mind when research opposite arguments. How does the opposing research strengthen the argument you are making is another aspect that I keep in mind.