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What types of evidence will support your argument?
The 4 Types of Evidence
"Evidence is the information that helps in the formation of a conclusion or judgment."
The Argument: Types of Evidence
"This page explores the types of evidence used in argumentation"
"This handout will provide a broad overview of gathering and using evidence. It will help you decide what counts as evidence, put evidence to work in your writing, and determine whether you have enough evidence."
"Evidence is the concrete facts used to support a claim. Ideally, evidence is something everyone agrees on, or something that anyone could, with sufficient training and equipment, verify for themselves."
Identifying types of evidence
"It is imperative that you substantiate statements of fact, facts you may think "everyone knows". Many ideas or "facts" are actually assumptions or even myths that have often taken on the status of fact. "
Incorporating Evidence into your essay
"You should use evidence to help strengthen
your thesis and any assertion you make that relates to your thesis."
Types of Evidence in Persuasive/Argumentative Papers
"Support your position or thesis with evidence. Remember that your evidence must appeal to reason"
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Databases for finding evidence
Academic OneFile This link opens in a new window
Articles from thousands of magazines, newspapers, and peer-reviewed journals. Includes the New York Times newspaper as far back as 1985.
How to Use
CQ Researcher This link opens in a new window
CQ Researcher is an excellent resource for topic selection and research on current and controversial topics. Each topic includes background and overview information, outlook, pro/con arguments, and suggestions for finding more information.
Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints This link opens in a new window
Background information, statistics, court case overviews, and viewpoint articles on current and controversial issues.
ProQuest Central This link opens in a new window
ProQuest Central searches for articles in more than forty subject area databases that include Business, Health and Medical, Social Sciences, Education, Science and Technology, and Humanities content. Click on Databases (4)
to select specific databases or subject areas to search within. br>
How to use
SIRS Issues Researcher This link opens in a new window
SIRS includes articles, primary sources, websites, and multimedia covering a variety of viewpoints and current controversial topics.
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