Introduction to Finding Evidence

What you’ll learn to do: describe ways to find evidence in support of a claim

"Evidence" bullet list: Personal Experience, Outside Research, Quote, Paraphrase, Summarize.

Once a working thesis statement is in place, your essay has begun to establish a claimsomething the project is stating to be true. No matter how elegant the claim itself is, though, it’s only a small piece of the writing task. A claim by itself is powerless to influence a critically-thinking audience, and you should assume that any audience reading your work will be critical thinkers.

In the following pages, we’ll explore the means to locate and apply appropriate evidence to your own writing.