Learn more about how to evaluate evidence.
Good academic writers will offer evidence to support what they say – just as you will, in your work. To judge whether you agree with a writer’s conclusions, or to say that you are persuaded by one idea rather than another, you need to be able to evaluate the evidence: to assess whether or not the evidence is convincing. It is not enough to write, ‘There is evidence on both sides’ – the evidence does not all carry equal weight, and you need to be able to decide which evidence is more reliable and which is more questionable.
This section covers the following topics:
- Finding and evaluating evidence
- Evaluating sources of evidence
- Checking for bias
- Evaluating statistics and numbers
- Evaluating samples
- Persuasive and emotive language
- Does the evidence support the conclusion?
- Tips from other students
- Practise evaluating evidence
- Skills self-assessment