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OVERVIEW: The way to well-written science

How to do the Course


PART I: Paragraphs and Sentences

SET A: Paragraphs: The Maps Behind Them

SET B: Paragraphs: Using Maps to Meet Readers' Expectations

SET C: Paragraphs with Something Extra: Points and Tails

SET D: The Generic Section: Expectations and Maps as Blueprints

SET E: Scientific Sections: The Methods and Results

SET F: Scientific Sections: The Discussion

SET G : Scientific Sections: The Introduction

SET H : Sentences

SET I : The Paper as a Whole



PART II: The Paper and its Sections


SET 1: Argument Parts

SET 2: Indicator Words

SET 3: Refining Claims

SET 4: Locating Arguments in Prose

SET 5: Rationale's Essay Planner

SET 6: Evidence in Arguments: Basis Boxes

SET 7: Assessing

SET 8: More on Assessing

SET 9: Analysis Maps

SET 10: Assessing Again

Synthesis 1: Position-Early Paragraphs

Synthesis 2: Position-Final Paragraphs

Synthesis 3: Writing a Discussion I

Synthesis 4: Writing a Discussion II

The Holding Hands Rule

Our final principle is the Holding Hands Rule, which says that if something appears in a premise but not in the claim above, it must appear in another premise. That is, premises need to hold hands with each other!

This classic, simple argument conforms to Holding Hands (as well as Rabbit).

Where the Rabbit Rule helps ensure that the claim is appropriately tied to the premises, the Holding Hands rule helps ensure that the premises are appropriately tied to each other.

Corresponding to the Holding Hands Rule there is the Holding Hands Test. This is a simple test to determine whether you have a properly structured argument. To apply the Holding Hands test, just examine the premises to see if there are any significant terms or concepts which appear there but not in the contention or any other premise. If there are any, the argument fails the Test.



Content of this page drawn in whole or part from the Austhink Rationale Exercises with permission from Austhink.