Supporting your thesis with evidence

Supporting your - Thesis/claim – Pat committed this crime This thesis is not merely accepted as fact it must be proven with evidence Physical

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Unformatted text preview: Thesis/claim – Pat committed this crime This thesis is not merely accepted as fact; it must be proven with evidence Physical evidence – fingerprints; blood on clothing; phone records to victim; weapon found in the car….. Eyewitness testimony – downstairs neighbor saw Pat leaving the apartment and heard the struggle; cellmate says Pat confessed…. Expert testimony – Pat’s jealous rage could have led to violence; Pat’s actions following crime indicate remorse… Facts from credible sources Statistics from credible sources – relevant, timely Examples – case studies, specific events that show statistics/facts – should be typical, not the exception Expert testimony from credible authority Personal observation only when expertise or experience relevant and credible Timely – relevant to the time frame or reasonably current Trustworthy source – peer­reviewed academic journal, government documents, respected periodicals, * internet sites Reliable and unbiased­ experts should have experience or education related to subject; sources should not be by those with political or other agenda Accurate – verify information, quotes, studies possibly by another source Be aware of possible doubts or contradictory evidence you must refute Avoid logical fallacies – personal attacks, overgeneralizing, faulty analogies, false dilemma, etc. As you research and locate evidence(or fail to locate appropriate evidence) you may need to alter your thesis ...
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This note was uploaded on 07/14/2010 for the course ENGL 015 taught by Professor Travers during the Spring '10 term at Peru State.

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Supporting your - Thesis/claim – Pat committed this crime This thesis is not merely accepted as fact it must be proven with evidence Physical

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