5 Tips to Using Evidence to Back Up Your Argument

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11735031_s.jpgYou've chosen a catchy topic for your essay, properly outlined its structure, and even wrote a killer introductory paragraph that is sure to grab the reader's attention right off the bat. Now onto the presentation and organization of your evidence to help back up your thesis. So what type of evidence should you include to make your argument believable? Is the evidence you've chosen to include your essay really that relevant to your argument?

Here are 5 tips to constructing a convincing argument with the use of relevant and solid evidence:

1 - Support Every Claim With Evidence

You can't just blurt out a 'fact' without backing up its basis. Whatever claim you make within your essay, it absolutely needs to be supported with solid evidence from a reliable source in order to make the point a credible one. Just make sure you back up all assertions with scholarly research.

2 - Determine the Strength of Evidence Used

When you uncover some evidence you may want to use to back up a claim in your paper, evaluate it first before throwing it in. Be critical during your evaluation, and be aware of the evidence's strengths and weaknesses.

3 - Consider Alternative Points of View

Arguments always have two sides to it - or more. When you're arguing a particular viewpoint, consider alternative schools of thought. Balance out your argument by discussing any other alternative interpretations, whether they're from scholarly research or just your own interpretations.

4 - Always Include References

If you're ever in doubt about whether or not a thought needs to be cited, do it anyways. This goes especially for things like direct quotations taken from others, using graphs or diagrams, including other people's opinions, and stating how certain research was conducted. Unless it's so blatantly obvious that a statement made is absolutely general knowledge, reference as often as you think you should.

5 - Don't Overuse Quotations

The use of direct quotations in an essay is appropriate only occasionally. Overdoing it with these quotes can have your reader wondering how much of the paper is actually derived from your thoughts or point of view. If the quotation is put in such a way that it would be nearly impossible to draw the same visual saying it any other way, by all means, include it. But just make sure not to make your essay predominantly based on such quotations, and don't forget to reference accordingly!

Never underestimate the power of solid evidence when writing an essay. Even though facts are essential to a paper, the evidence that supports them is even more important.


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