Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: May 01, 2017 Views: 1162
There are specific times you will want to use evidence:
- To support your thesis
- To give evidence of a main idea
- To strengthen your argument
- To illustrate a point
Using evidence appropriately also means citing your sources every time you use information that is not originally your own. Whether paraphrasing or quoting, you must use in-text citations. Learn more about how to cite your sources from the Writing Center's website.
However, try to avoid the following when using evidence:
- Listing source material back to back without an explanation. Instead, integrate and explain your source information.
- Using only source material in a paragraph. Be sure to begin and end paragraphs with your own voice and include clear analysis.
- Relying too heavily on one source. Try to vary your sources so that your reader can see that multiple sources support your ideas.
- Using too many direct quotations. Instead, paraphrase in order to show a deeper understanding and engagement with the ideas.
- Knowing how to incorporate evidence can be tricky, so see the Writing Center's website for more tips on using your sources.
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