Building an Argument - what does it mean?
In many of your assignments you will be asked to build an argument. This means to have a viewpoint or a stance and then be able to construct a logically written or constructed piece of work to back up your views. For academic work, building an argument will go beyond stating what you personally think about a subject. In academic writing, the key to building an argument is to collect a broad range of sources or references that will help support your viewpoints. In fact, it's almost mandatory! You will generally need to find references, usually by authoritative industry experts (such as books, articles, interviews, etc) that mirror, prove or go along with your views.
How can we build an argument?
Develop a thesis
Record down material that supports your thesis
Explore opposing viewpoints
Back up your opinions